As San Diego car accident attorneys, we want our readers to know that April
is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To increase awareness, the
Department of Transportation is warning drivers—“One Text or Call Could Wreck it All.”
The National Safety Council estimates that cell phone use is responsible
for 1.6 million crashes a year. In 2014, approximately 3,179 people were
killed in distracted driving crashes, accounting for 10 percent of all
As a reminder,
California law prohibits texting while driving, as well as the use of a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle unless
the cell phone is being used in hands-free mode. Drivers under age 18
may not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device
of any kind. The fine for violating the law is $161.
Unfortunately, despite having some of the strongest distracted driving
laws in the country, cell phone use behind the wheel is actually on the
rise in California. A study by the California Office of Traffic Safety
recently revealed that 10 percent of all drivers in California use their
cell phones while driving. The findings represent a 39-percent increase
from 2014. In a separate study, a staggering 53 percent of drivers admitted
to making a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone.
Until drivers appreciate the risks of distracted driving, crashes are likely
to continue. To reinforce the dangers of talking or texting on a cell
phone while behind the wheel, we would like to share the following statistics:
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers
are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
- Talking on a cell phone or texting is the number one source of driver distractions.
- Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, far
enough to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph. Most crashes
happen with less than 2 seconds reaction time.
- The act of talking on a cell phone, even hands free, can lead to “inattention
blindness,” where your brain isn’t seeing what’s right
in front of you.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a California car
accident caused by a distracted driver, don’t hesitate to contact
a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. Relying on more than 30 years of legal experience, we are
dedicated to protecting the rights of California injury victims.