The California Office of Traffic Safety is currently raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. They’ve got a campaign aimed at reducing the number of injury causing and fatal distracted driving crashes across the state. It’s no secret that distracted driving has become an epidemic in California and all over the nation. It’s one of the most dangerous things people do behind the wheel.
Even with cell phone laws, drivers are still engaging in texting and other forms of distracted behaviors. It’s important to point out that using a cell phone isn’t the only way to engage in distracted driving. A variety of behaviors can be considered distractions behind the wheel.
Distraction Behind The Wheel
- Having loose pets in the vehicle
- Talking to or paying close attention to passengers
- Day dreaming
- Programing GPS
- Manipulating the radio or sound system
- Reaching for something that fell on the floor
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
According to the California OTS, in a 2016 survey, more than 44 percent of Californians said that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers. Additionally, more than half of the drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone. Furthermore, nearly 40 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to making a mistake while talking on a cell phone.
Distracted Driving Accidents in California Urban Cities
Cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent. It can take additional investigative efforts to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of a crash. If you suspect the driver involved in your crash was distracted, raise your concerns with the investigating law enforcement officer and with your personal Injury lawyer. A lawyer can stay on top of any developments and be your advocate as you recover from your injuries.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver or a suspected distracted driver in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.