April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a perfect opportunity for you to commit to safe driving behaviors. Distracted driving plays at least some role in a majority of all car accidents and is solely responsible for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths every year. If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver in El Segundo, Long Beach, or surrounding areas of Orange County, call Kirtland & Packard, LLP at 310-536-1000 to schedule a free consultation with our accident lawyers and learn how we can help.
A Closer Look at Distraction
Distracted Driving Awareness Month tends to focus heavily on cellphone use. Indeed, talking or texting while driving greatly increases the risk of causing an accident. Recent data shows this is even the case when hands-free devices are used, making any cellphone use dangerous while driving. However, cellphone use alone is not the only cause of driver distraction.
Distractions that increase risks for auto accidents include:
- Handheld and hands-free cellphone use
- Using on-board electronics including GPS
- Adjusting the radio, a portable music device, or switching CDs
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming such as applying makeup, shaving, and styling hair
Anything at all that takes your eyes and attention from the road is a form of distraction. All forms of distraction are potentially deadly.
You can reduce your risks of causing a distracted driving accident by paying attention to the road, your surroundings, and the behaviors of other drivers. You cannot, however, always avoid an accident caused by someone else’s distraction. When this happens, you need an experienced personal injury law firm on your side. With decades of experience and a proven record of getting significant settlements for our clients, the Orange County auto accident lawyers at Kirtland & Packard are here to take your case and fight for your rights, helping ensure you are awarded the full compensation you are due.
To schedule a free consultation, please contact us today. Kirtland & Packard maintain offices El Segundo and San Francisco to better serve victims of distracted drivers throughout California.