Distracted Drivers Take Lives
Distracted drivers take lives, and distracted driving happens in multiple different forms. We will look at a number of the possibilities in this post, but we will start with the most pressing problems.
Modern technologies have made life easier in many ways, so the impact has been very positive for the most part. At the same time, when we develop symbiotic relationships with technological devices like cell phones, dangers can enter the picture.
When you are operating a motor vehicle, you are taking on an enormous responsibility. Things could happen in the blink of an eye, and you can’t always depend on the drivers around you to act in a predictable manner. Having part of your attention on the road while you devote most of your attention to your cell phone is a very dangerous proposition.
Distracted Drivers Typing & Driving
Texting while driving is getting a lot of attention these days, and rightly so. Anyone can engage in this dangerous activity, but the younger generation has grown up in the cell phone era. Texting is second nature to these young adults, and they are inexperienced drivers, and this is a potentially toxic combination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of high school student drivers text or e-mail while they’re behind the wheel. The CDC has also found a link between drinking and driving and texting while driving among teenage drivers.
Without question, texting is a big part of the equation, but cell phone use in general is at the root of the problem according to research that has been done by the National Safety Council. In their 2014 Injury Facts report, they found that cell phone use was a factor in 26 percent of all United States traffic accidents, but texting per se accounted for just five percent of these accidents.
These statistics would indicate that cell phone use in general, be it hand-held or hands-free, can contribute to accidents that lead to injuries and traffic fatalities.
Other Forms of Distracted Drivers Distractions
You can’t boil the problem down to cell phone use. There are other forms of distracted driving that get much less attention. For example, there are drive-through fast food places on virtually every corner everywhere in the United States. Experts have stated that eating while driving can increase the chances of getting into an accident by 80 percent.
Animated conversations, arguments, road rage, and tending to children in car seats can also enter the picture when it comes to distracted driving.
In all, the CDC states that on average, there are nine fatalities and 1153 people injured in accidents that are caused by distracted driving each and every day in the United States.
The Santa Rosa Car Accident Attorneys at Beck Law P.C., Can Help
Without question, you should keep your attention firmly on the road to keep yourself and those around you safe. At the same time, when you absorb the statistics, you can see that far too many people engage in risky, distracted behavior when they are behind the wheel.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Sonoma County, Mendocino County or Lake County California that involved a distracted driver, the auto accident attorneys at the Santa Rosa law firm of Beck Law P.C., can help. Our car accident attorneys can make sure that you get the medical attention you need, and we can also pursue monetary damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering. Contact us today to set up an appointment.