One Call Can Change Everything
Although the California Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are currently publicizing their seasonal anti-drunk driving campaigns, it’s important to remember that distracted driving is still a huge threat to drivers and passengers in California and across the nation. The National Safety Council’s (NSC) “One Call Can Change Everything” safety campaign is all about raising awareness about the dangers of driving distracted. According to NSC, an estimated one in four crashes involves cell phone use.
Distracted Driving Stats
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
- Approximately 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
- Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive.
- 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
Hands-Free is Still Dangerous
Unfortunately, many drivers still think it’s safer to use Bluetooth or other types of hands-free devices than handheld cell phones. Automakers are putting hands-free technology into new cars, and drivers are under the misconception that as long as they’re not using handheld devices, they’re somehow making a safer choice. It’s important to note that hands-free devices are not proven to be any safer than handheld devices. Research shows that there is little to no substantial benefit to choosing a hands-free device to a handheld device. Behind the wheel, the only safe choice is to avoid distracting devices all together.
After a Distracted Driving Accident
Since cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer after your car accident. In many cases, it takes additional investigative efforts to determine if somebody was using a handheld or hands-free device at the time of the crash. If you suspect a distracted driver was to blame for your wreck, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.