During your morning commute, you may have noticed an increase in anti-cellphone usage ads posted along the highway this month. That is because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Every year, thousands of people are killed or are seriously injured due to cell phone usage while driving. That is why the US Department of Transportation is the leading effort behind stopping cellphone usage while driving. Driving while using hand-held cellphones is already banned in 10 states, and Florida recently became the 40th state in the country to ban texting while driving.
The important message is being even more reinforced this month following the tragic death of a 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student who was involved in a fatal car accident while sending a text message to a friend on April 3. Alexander Heit was texting while driving when he swerved into oncoming traffic and rolled his car after he jerked the wheel to avoid hitting any oncoming cars. Thankfully, no one else was hurt during the incident.
Cellphone usage while driving is a dangerous habit and should be taken very seriously. Not only is it extremely dangerous for the driver, but the behavior is even more hazardous for other motorists and pedestrians. Contact one of our accident attorneys today if you or a loved one has been in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, as you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us today at (866) 377- 3800.
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[Tom’s Tips: If you are using a cell phone while you are driving, you are four times more likely to be involved in an automotive accident.]