Like many drivers in New Jersey and elsewhere, you may understand how easy it can be to get distracted while behind the wheel. A distraction you did not intend can come out of nowhere, such as a serious accident that is all too tempting to stare at as you go by. At the law office of Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we also understand the prevalence of driving distractions, as well as how dangerous they can be for you and others.
This is why the National Safety Council and other agencies designate times for people to be aware of safety problems and educate themselves on how to prevent them. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, as the NSC explains. This month, you may want to refresh your knowledge on the different types of distractions you can encounter any time on the road, as well as how to avoid becoming distracted. For example, you may want to remind yourself to keep your eyes on the road if you drive past an accident or some nice scenery. Understand that such actions as tuning your radio station, turning to address a couple of arguing children in the back seat or eating food behind the wheel can also distract you. As you may also know, using your cellphone and texting while driving are especially dangerous.
When you are aware of the dangers and take steps to form good driving habits that do not involve distractions, you may keep yourself and others safe. As our page on car accidents explains, a distracted or negligent driver may be held responsible for your injuries.