With so many cars and trucks on our highways, it is easy to forget just how dangerous operating a motor vehicle can be. Car, truck, SUV and motorcycle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans aged eight to 34, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; causing one death every 12 to 15 minutes and injuring more than 2.5 million each year. These accidents and deaths are caused by many factors which can include things like poorly maintained or defectively designed automobile equipment, hazardous roadways, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Without question, however, the number one cause of the most tragic of auto accidents that we deal with is driver negligence due to distracted driving.
There are many ways that a driver can become distracted while driving. Driving involves the coordination of your vision and reflexes and anything that distracts your eyes or mind from the road or takes your hands off of the wheel of your car can be considered a driving distraction. Some of the most common distractions include:
- Talking to a passenger
- Tuning a car radio
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle.
- Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle.
- Applying makeup
- Talking on a cell phone
- Texting or emailing on a cellular device
Driving While Using Cell Phones
While distractions for drivers have increased, so has the attention that the problem has attracted. The issue of talking on or using cell phones while driving has become the topic of much discussion and legislation in recent years. While most think of cellular phones as modern conveniences that make our lives much easier, distraction from driving while using cell phones (hand held or hands free) can delay a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. The recent increase in popularity of “smart phones” or “blackberry’s” have added to the problem, with many individuals not only holding conversations while driving, but now also reading and answering texts and emails while operating motor vehicles, leading to often deadly cellphone texting car accidents.
Driving While Texting – Distracted Teen Driving
Teen drivers are some of the most at risk individuals on our highways. The NHTSA estimates that the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds are vehicle crashes, accounting for one third of all deaths for that age group. Even more disturbing — more crashes occur when passengers, usually other teens, are in the vehicle with a teen driver. It is estimated that two out of three teens die as passengers in a vehicle driven by another teen. Since teens are inexperienced, immature, and very often, overconfident they are at special risk for being involved in a distracted driving accident, especially an accident involving texting while driving.
Part of the issue revolves around the recent explosion in online communication and the popularity of texting and staying connected among teenagers. Daily text messaging among American teens has shot up in the past 18 months, from 38% of teens texting friends daily in February of 2008 to 54% of teens texting daily in September 2009.
Our firm has seen firsthand the dangers of distracted driving, especially among teens. Many of our firm’s attorneys are parents themselves, and we have been compelled to help increase the education and discussion of distracted driving amongst teens and their parents through our deadlytexting.com website and our page on Teenage Distracted Driving here on www.psblaw.com. For more information on how you can help your teen to make the decision to NOT text and drive visit these two sources of information or contact us for more information.
Los Angeles Car Accident Injury Attorneys Representing Those Injured By Distracted Drivers
While our firm is dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving in an effort to prevent deadly distracted driving car accidents, we are also vigilant in our efforts to defend the rights of those innocent individuals who are seriously injured in distracted driving car accidents at no fault of their own. By representing our clients to the best of our ability, we hope to further publicize the dangers of distracted driving while insuring that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions.
If you have been involved in a car accident involving a driver who was talking on their cell phone, texting, or was otherwise distracted, our firm can help you. Contact us today for a consultation of your situation at 877-800-1700.