Leading Cause of Death Among Teens in America? Traffic Accidents
If the leading cause of teens in America is motor vehicle accidents (car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents), and if young drivers are more apt to be distracted while driving, how do we counter these alarming findings? Distraction.gov is a website designed to help teachers, parents, and teens to avoid becoming a statistic.
Regulations Are Already In Place
Federal employees have been banned from using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving a government-owned vehicle since 2009. Outside contractors and businesses who interact with federal employees are also urged to adopt their own policies to ban texting while driving. Commercial drivers, such as truck drivers and bus drivers, have had regulation in place since 2010 which makes it illegal to use any electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle of any type. Similar rules are enforced by other industries such as hazardous waste carriers, commercial rail carriers and commercial aircraft.
Public Awareness Campaigns Also in Place – One Text or Call Could Wreck it All
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has run numerous public awareness campaigns since 2009, aimed at mitigating accidents related to distracted driving. “Stop the texts, stop the wrecks”, “Enjoy the Ride, Don’t Text and Drive”, and even “Only Bad Guys Drive Distracted” are just a few of the campaign slogans adopted by the myriad of safety partners of the DOT. From car manufacturers to movie characters, the message is clear: Distracted Driving is a Problem.
Simple Steps to Avoid Distracted Driving
- Put electronic devices out of reach (or just turn them off) before driving
- Set a good example for younger drivers, be a good role model, and talk to your teenage drivers
- When you are a passenger and a driver begins using an electronic device, speak up. Say something, perhaps offer to take the call to keep the driver’s attention on operating the vehicle
- Wear your seat belt – it is your best defense against other unsafe drivers
Were You Hit By Someone Texting and Driving? Did A Distracted Driver Cause Your Accident?
If you have been injured by the carelessness of a distracted driver or someone texting while driving, you may be eligible for compensation. When anyone is injured in a car accident by another person’s negligence, they may be able to receive damages (money) to pay for any expenses directly related to the accident. These expenses include property damage (like the damage to your car), lost wages, medical bills, and pain & suffering. There are time limits to file a claim after a car accident, so don’t delay, contact us today to get your Free Case Evaluation before you begin.
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Remember, Handler Henning and Rosenberg has been helping people in Harrisburg PA since 1922. We have 5 office locations to serve anyone injured in an accident in Lancaster, Hanover, York, Carlisle, and of course, Harrisburg. We serve all of Pennsylvania, including our neighbors in Lebanon, Chambersburg, Lewistown, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Get your Free Consultation today to make an informed decision about your legal rights moving forward. There is no obligation to hire Handler, Henning & Rosenberg, but realize that which lawyer you hire makes a difference – put our experience to work for you and get the compensation you deserve.