Distracted driving is a dangerous nationwide epidemic that is increasingly a cause of traffic accidents across the U.S. and injures and kills thousands each year. One exceptionally unsafe form of driver distraction is texting and driving, a dangerous habit that can increase the chances a person will be involved an auto accident by 23 times. In order to try and end this dangerous habit and encourage drivers to be safer on the roads, telecommunications giant AT&T created the “It Can Wait” campaign to focus on educating the public on the dangers of texting and driving. The ultimate goal is to save lives, while making the act of texting while driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.
As part of the “It Can Wait” campaign, AT&T has a number of initiatives and efforts to inform the public about the extraordinary risks of texting and driving. On September 19, the company is encouraging drivers across the nation to take part in the “No Text on Board-Pledge Day,” which is a pledge for a lifelong commitment to never text and drive. Drivers can take the pledge by visiting http://itcanwait.com/ and can help spread the important message of this campaign by telling family and friends to join in the movement.
Visitors to the site can also learn about technology aimed at curbing texting and driving, such as the AT&T DriveMode smartphone application, which notifies those who have texted you that you are driving and will respond when it is safe to do so. The company also produced an original documentary to highlight the dangers of texting behind the wheel by presenting the stories of people’s lives that have been affected by this form of distracted driving. The video can be viewed for free below, but please note that some of the content may be disturbing:
The distracted driving accident lawyers in Nebraska of Cullan & Cullan, LLC praise the efforts of AT&T and the “It Can Wait” campaign for attempting to end the dangerous habit of texting and driving. Our legal team also knows that not all drivers take the safety of themselves and others on the road seriously, and negligent actions behind the wheel, such as distracted driving, may injure or claim the life of an innocent person. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, please call (402) 397-7600 to see how we can assist you in your search for compensation.