April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While distracted driving is a persistent risk for drivers and passengers year-round, the NSC is using Distracted Driving Awareness Month to highlight the dangers of talking, texting and using in-car infotainment systems behind the wheel. According to the NSC:
“Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor. . . . Each [distracted driving-related] death is 100% preventable.”
Free Resources for Parents and Employers
The NSC’s theme for this year’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month is “Just Drive.” Its website provides several free resources for parents and employers interested in helping in the fight against multitasking in the driver’s seat, including:
- A free 45-minute Distracted Driving Online Course
- A free webinar for employers called, Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work
- A pledge, called the Focused Driver Challenge, that parents can take and recommend to their children and other family members
- A Safe Driving Kit for employers
- Information about the latest statistics on distracted driving
For more information, you can visit the NSC’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month website.
Are You a Victim of Distracted Driving in Denver, CO?
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important that you speak with an attorney about your legal rights. Taking action (in most cases, by filing a claim against the distracted driver’s auto insurance policy) will not only ensure that you have the money you need to cover your medical expenses and other losses, but it will also help in the fight against distracted driving. The statistics matter, and the more cases that get reported, the more people will understand the risks involved with multitasking behind the wheel.
Under Colorado law, drivers and passengers injured in distracted driving are entitled to seek full compensation for their accident-related losses. The same is true for families who have lost loved ones in distracted driving accidents. In most cases, the amount of compensation available is far more than the victims or the victims’ family members realize, as it includes both current and future financial and non-financial losses. While Colorado has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims involving auto accidents and a two-year statute of limitations for cases of wrongful death, you do not want to wait any longer than necessary to assert your legal rights. Evidence could disappear, mistakes could be made, and other intervening factors could negatively impact your right to just compensation.
Speak With a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
If you would like more information about auto accident victims’ rights in cases involving distracted drivers in Colorado, you can contact Levine Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with a personal injury lawyer at our Denver law offices in confidence, please call 303-333-8000 or inquire online today.