The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release about the 100-percent preventable nature of distracted driving crashes. We hear crashes referred to as “accidents” all the time, but the truth is that there is nothing accidental about distracted driving ‘accidents’. Everybody knows that texting while driving or engaging in other distracted behaviors behind the wheel is dangerous. If you choose to engage in those distractions behind the wheel, you’re making a conscious decision to endanger yourself and the lives of others.
Distracted Driving Stats
- In 2014, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
- An estimated 431,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2014.
- Ten percent of all drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes.
Adult Distracted Drivers Traffic Safety Program
To combat the statewide distracted driving epidemic, the CHP is getting ready to launch their Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety program. This grant-funded program is going to run for 12 months and will consist of both educational and enforcement efforts. By October of 2017, the CHP hopes to have conducted a minimum of 100 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 600 traffic safety presentations throughout the state. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is calling on drivers to make the conscious decision to refrain from distracted driving every time they get behind the wheel.
Different Forms of Distracted Driving
- Checking social media
- Reading or sending emails
- Talking on the cell phone
- Talking to passengers
- Reaching for items
- Operating GPS
Distracted Driving Accidents in San Diego
Although we often refer to them as “accidents,” distracted driving accidents are not accidents at all. If a driver sends or reads a text message behind the wheel, he or she is putting everybody on the road in great danger. You would never close your eyes for up to five seconds or longer while driving, so why are so many drivers looking at their phones instead of the road?
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident 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.