Texting while Driving Just Isn’t Worth It: The Dangers of Distracted Driving

If you’re like most people, your cell phone is practically glued to your hip. Unfortunately, due to our technology-infused culture, many people think it isn’t dangerous to text or talk on their cell phone while driving. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 5,474 people were killed and about 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents that were reported to have involved distracted driving.

995 accidents, or 18 percent, of all reported fatalities in distracted-driving-related collisions involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction. 24,000 accidents, or 5 percent, of distracted-driving-related accidents that resulted in injury, involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.

The Overview of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Driver Distraction Program (DOT HS811 299) defines “distraction” as a type of inattention that takes place when motorists take their attention away from driving to focus on another activity instead. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving because it combines visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Texting while driving and doing any non-driving activity while driving increases the chances that a person will cause or be involved in an accident.

It is against the law for motorists in California to use a handheld device or text on a cell phone while driving. In fact, because using a handheld device is a primary offense in California, a police officer can pull you over for using a handheld device without having another reason, such as a rolling stop at a stop sign or a red light being run.

Given the epidemic of texting while driving, if you were involved in an auto accident in Los Angeles, it is possible the other driver may have been using a cell phone. Injuries caused by a car crash can lead to steep medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. To ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from negligent parties responsible for the accident, you may want to contact a southern California car accident attorney. Contact the lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley for a free consultation about your specific situation. Call 213-514-8332 today.