It’s no secret that distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors that drivers engage in behind the wheel. Research has shown that reactions times of distracted drivers are actually slower than reaction times of some drunk drivers. Even though people know just how dangerous texting while driving is, they’re still doing it. In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching a nationwide campaign to crack down on drivers who text. Their “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign is going to be aimed at raising awareness about the dangers and consequences of texting while driving.
The NHTSA’s “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” Campaign
The NHTSA will be launching their anti-texting-while-driving campaign in the second week of April. Their campaign will focus on both traditional marketing strategies and new innovative tactics to reduce and prevent texting behind the wheel. As part of their high-visibility-enforcement technique, they will publicize periods of intense anti-texting enforcement. Media outreaches will also be made available to get the word out to motorists. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will also likely be stepping up efforts to stop distracted driving across the state.
Distracted Driving Facts
• In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in wrecks involving a distracted driver.
• 387,000 people were injured in wrecks involving a distracted driver in 2011.
• In 2010, almost one in five injury-causing crashes involved distracted driving.
• In 2011, in the month of June alone, over 196 billion text messages were sent or received across the United States.
After a Wreck Involving a Distracted Driver
After any type of car accident, you should get your medical needs addressed first. Once you’ve taken care of your immediate health needs, you should contact a personal injury attorney to talk about your case. An attorney can protect your rights and help make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Since evidence of distracted driving isn’t always immediately apparent, an experienced personal injury lawyer can keep up with official investigative developments. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, contact the experienced team at the Alexander Law Group, LLP for a free consultation today.