Did You Know April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month?

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    April 7 2021

    April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, our roads have only gotten more dangerous. The National Safety Council reports that in a typical day, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. April is distracted driving awareness month. This month, keep yourself and others around you safe by focusing on the road and making it a goal to just drive.

    If a distracted driver injures you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your car accident case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. You need an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer to fight for your rights. Our car accident lawyers offer decades of experience, which will position you to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You should only be concerned with recovering from your injuries, not worried about parties who may try to keep you from winning the compensation you’re entitled to as an accident victim. Call Anthem Injury Lawyers now. Contact us at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Distracted Driving

    Have you ever wondered what distracted driving is? Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Distracted driving is dangerous. Every day about eight people in the United States are killed in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In 2019, distracted driving killed 3,142 people. A 10 percent increase from 2018.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main types of distractions:

    • Visual
    • Manual
    • Cognitive

    Visual

    A visual distraction takes your eyes off the road. Examples of visual distractions include the following:

    • Changing the radio station on the car stereo.
    • Looking out the window on a scenic drive.
    • Applying or checking makeup in a mirror.
    • Looking at an accident outside the car window.
    • Studying a map or GPS device.
    • Looking at your phone.

    Manual

    A manual distraction takes your hands off the wheel. Examples of manual distractions include the following:

    • Eating or drinking.
    • Touching the dials or buttons that control temperature, windows, mirrors, or music selection.
    • Using your hands to assist a child or pet.
    • Touching your phone.

    Cognitive

    A cognitive distraction takes your mind off the task of driving. Examples of cognitive distractions include the following:

    • Talking to passengers in the car.
    • Driving while upset or angry.
    • Talking on the phone.
    • Daydreaming or getting lost in thought.

    Texting is a dangerous distraction because it is visual, manual, and cognitive. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed!

    If a distracted driver injures you, you should seek legal advice from an experienced car accident lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and get you the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Well-meaning people may tell you that you don’t need a car accident lawyer. Our years of representing clients in these cases prove that you need aggressive and experienced lawyers fighting to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. There literally is no substitute for experience – the positive resolution of your accident case depends on representation from a top Las Vegas car accident lawyer. You need Anthem Injury Lawyers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Cellphone Laws

    In response to the dangers of texting and cell phone use while driving, many states have passed laws banning cell phones and/or texting. Since 2001, 24 states have enacted laws banning hand-held phone conversations by all drivers. Texting is banned for all drivers in 48 states. Furthermore, 39 states restrict cellphone use by young drivers.

    Nevada Laws

    If you drive in Nevada, you should know that it is a crime to physically handle a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. Under Nevada Revised Statute 484B.165(1), it is illegal to do the following while operating a motor vehicle on a Nevada highway:

    • Manually type or enter text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device, or send or read data using any such device to access or search the Internet or to engage in nonvoice communications with another person, including, without limitation, texting, electronic messaging and instant messaging.
    • Use a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device to engage in voice communications with another person, unless the device is used with an accessory which allows the person to communicate without using his or her hands, other than to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.

    If you or a loved one are the victim of a distracted driver, contact an experienced Las Vegas lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced car accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Recovering from the injuries and trauma from your accident is enough to deal with; you don’t need to worry about insurance companies who aren’t interested in your pain and suffering. Plus, you don’t want to have to face the uncertainty of dealing with parties who are not motivated to help you gain significant compensation. Our job is to take on your car accident case for you. We relieve you of your stress when we provide you with our legal knowledge, expertise, and experience. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    How to Prevent Distracted Driving

    Everyone can play a role in preventing distracted driving. Take the following steps to help prevent distracted driving:

    • Talk to your teen about distracted driving and set a good example.
    • Use hands-free devices or in-car systems that act on voice command. This includes the navigation system.
    • Safely pull off the road to use your handheld device.
    • Input destinations into GPS before the vehicle is in motion.
    • Remind your passengers that if you are in the driver’s seat you need to focus on driving.
    • Be a good passenger and let your driver focus.
    • If your driver is texting or distracted, tell them to stop and focus on the road.
    • Never drive while upset or angry.
    • If you are struggling to put down your phone while driving, then keep your phone out of reach. Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you reach your destination.

    We hope these tips help you make responsible choices while driving. If a distracted driver injures you on the road, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.

    Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers

    The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a car accident. If another driver has injured you or a loved one, it’s important that you seek experienced legal representation. This is vital because our experienced car accident lawyers will help you win the compensation you deserve. Our car accident lawyers serve the Las Vegas area with the knowledge and expertise to help you gain maximum compensation for your injuries.

    When we say we offer the experience you need, we mean over 25 years of experience. Award-winning Anthem Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your car accident case. Now is the best time to schedule your appointment with us to discuss the details about your Las Vegas area car accident. There is no obligation. Have our car accident lawyers examine the facts and learn about your case. See why our Las Vegas lawyers give you the best opportunity to win significant compensation. Call our personal injury lawyers now at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

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