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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month! We all know how dangerous it is to drive while distracted. So dangerous that in 2016, 3,450 were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We can all control our own actions when behind the wheel, however, what do we do when riding with another driver who is using their phone behind the wheel? This can put passengers in an uncomfortable situation, but the National Safety Council’s new campaign encourages them to speak up.

In a video created by the NSC for their #JustDrive campaign, they ask different individuals what they would say if they were the passenger of a distracted driver. It can be tough to tell someone you’re driving with that you are uncomfortable with them using their phone behind the wheel. Because it is an awkward encounter, it can be easier to say nothing at all. However, many of the individuals in the video stated that they would indeed remind the driver they were with that their being distracted is compromising the safety of everyone in the car and others on the road. The NSC recommends that passengers simply tell the driver to “Just Drive”.

With that said, there are many other approaches you can take to bring up your concern as a passenger. Here are 4 different ways you can approach a distracted driver:

  • The Subtle Approach: You can slightly hint at other options for the driver, such as “Here, let me type for you.”
  • The Direct Approach: Be direct with the driver. Let them know that texting and driving makes you really nervous and uncomfortable. Most times, people will agree and decide to put their phone away.
  • The Group Approach: If you are riding with other passengers, get your group to stand together. If the driver doesn’t respond to your concerns, as a group you can agree not to ride with that person and let him know why. The driver will be more responsive if more than one person speaks up.
  • The Scary Approach: Point out the statistics to the driver to scare them into putting their phone down. You could also point out other drivers who are wandering into other lanes on the highway, running stop signs, or stopped at a green light to your driver. Then you can say, “that driver was probably texting and driving”.

The more you speak up, the less distracted drivers there are on the roads. You can read more about the #JustDrive Campaign and watch the video that was referenced in this post at NSC.org.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation to assist you with your physical injuries, property damage, and emotional suffering. The experienced attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have extensive knowledge and drive and will work diligently to get you the highest compensation possible for your case. Contact the car accident attorneys of Spiros Law at (217) 328-2828 to discuss your situation today.