Texting while driving, talking on the cell phone and other tasks unrelated to driving take the driver’s mind away from the road and lead to many car accidents.
North Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) April 20, 2013
Car accident lawyer Ken Harrell said today that Joye Law Firm supports the efforts of the National Safety Council to reduce the growing threat posed by inattentive motorists through this April’s designation as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
“The National Safety Council’s theme ‘What were you thinking?’ is perfect for a campaign against using cell phones while driving,” said Harrell, managing partner of Joye Law Firm, a personal injury firm with offices in North Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
“Texting while driving, talking on the cell phone and other tasks unrelated to driving take the driver’s mind away from the road and lead to many car accidents,” Harrell said. “You are not thinking about your driving if you are on the phone or concentrating on something else while at the wheel.”
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that almost a quarter of car crashes involve cell phone use. The nonprofit organization recognizes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and its website offers a variety of print, video and social media tools to spread the message.
Joye Law Firm’s car accident attorneys assist people who have been injured or have lost family members in wrecks. The firm has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and court verdicts for car crash victims through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 3,000 people are killed each year in distracted driving accidents and estimates that about 9 percent of all drivers are talking on cell phones at any given daylight moment. Drivers using cell phones are four times as likely to crash, and there is no difference in crash risk between handheld and hands-free phone use, according to NHTSA.
Harrell said his firm supports the NSC’s call for people to:
- Stop using cell phones while driving and sign the pledge to drive cell-free.
- Inform people who call you while they are driving that you would be happy to continue the conversation once they have reached their destination.
- Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.
Harrell said people who have been injured in car accidents caused by distracted driving can also fight the problem by enlisting the aid of an experienced car accident attorney such as those at Joye Law Firm to help hold distracted drivers accountable when they cause an accident.
“If we can make sure that every motorist whose negligence and inattention causes a car accident is held responsible for the harm they’ve done, that would be a good way to discourage distracted driving,” Harrell said.
About Joye Law Firm
Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has been fighting to help people throughout South Carolina with their legal challenges in a broad range of practice areas, including personal injury, car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, Social Security disability, spinal cord injury, traffic tickets, truck accidents, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. The law firm has offices in Charleston and Myrtle Beach and assists clients throughout South Carolina. The firm’s Charleston-area office is located at Northgate Office Building, 5861 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406 (local phone (843) 554-3100), and its Myrtle Beach office is located at 8703 Highway 17 Bypass, Unit H, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 (local phone (843) 215-3100). Contact Joye Law Firm by calling (888) 324-3100 or filling out its online form.