Distracted Driving Awareness Month: What Is Distracted Driving?

Throughout the nation, Distracted Driving Awareness Month is observed each April in an effort to fight back against the ongoing threat of distracted driving. Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an annual average of 3,000 traffic accident deaths in the U.S. involves some type of driver distraction. And for 2019 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a total of 3,142 such fatalities.

At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, we remain committed to representing Orange County residents injured by driver distraction, but it will take a community effort to effectively combat the alarming statistics mentioned above. That’s why we are inviting you to do your part in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2021.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Any task that pulls your attention off the road is considered distracted driving. Several common examples include:

  • Texting and emailing
  • Talking on the phone
  • Talking to passengers
  • Listening to loud music
  • Eating food
  • Drinking coffee/soda/water
  • Checking social media
  • Navigating an “infotainment system”
  • Changing the radio station

How to Prevent Distracted Driving

All it takes to prevent distracted driving is to actively choose not to engage in it. This means not texting, talking on the phone, eating, or multitasking of any kind while operating a vehicle. If you have trouble paying attention to the road, plan ahead to eliminate potential distractions. For instance, put your phone on silent mode and store it in your glove compartment. Similarly, take a minute to choose your music, adjust climate controls, and get settled in the driver’s seat before hitting the road.

Additionally, if you see someone driving while distracted, such as a friend or family member, kindly speak up to discourage them from doing so. Even if they push back the first time, the encounter could very well stick with them and prevent them from doing it again.

About the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg

Since 2004, our attorney team has fought to recover injured Orange County residents the compensation they deserve through exemplary legal representation. We have brought countless cases, including those in which driver distraction caused catastrophic injury, to favorable verdicts and settlements: Altogether, we have won over $500 million for plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Our team accepts cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not owe a single penny if we do not win your case.

To speak to a caring lawyer about your legal rights, contact the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg online or at (949) 565-4281.