It’s been proven time and time again that using a cell phone while driving is not safe. In California, it is illegal to text or use a handheld device while driving, but that is not enough to stop many drivers from doing it anyways. In fact, it is estimated that at any given time there are over 650,000 drivers on the road who are using or attempting to use their cell phones.
With so many distracted drivers on the road, it’s possible that you could end up in an accident with one. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But first, you will need to consult with a personal injury attorney at Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley.
Distracted Driving Statistics
You’ve probably heard that distracted driving is dangerous, but these statistics may help you understand just how serious this behavior is:
- Texting and driving causes an estimated 330,000 injuries every year.
- Texting behind the wheel is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
- Eleven teens die every day in the U.S. as a result of texting while driving.
- Certain activities—such as texting or making calls on your cell phone—will take your attention away from the road more frequently and for a longer period of time than other types of distractions.
- Drivers who use their cell phones are four times more likely to get into an accident—even if the phone is hands-free.
Despite the many dangers of distracted driving, many motorists still choose to use their cell phones while behind the wheel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 70% of drivers in the United States admit to using their cell phone while driving at least once within the last month. These negligent drivers are putting others at risk because of their choice to use a cell phone while behind the wheel. If you have been injured by one of these distracted drivers, speak to a personal injury attorney right away to discuss your case.
Why Do Drivers Use Their Cell Phones?
Many people surveyed by the CDC admitted that they knew using their cell phones while driving was risky. So, why do so many drivers do it anyways? Some drivers may feel as if they have found a “safe” way to text. They may convince themselves that they are more skilled at multi-tasking or sending a quick text than other drivers, so they feel safer doing it.
Other drivers may be suffering from a smartphone addiction that makes it difficult for them to ignore an incoming text, phone call, or email. This is especially common among teenage drivers who feel glued to their phones, but it can affect drivers of all ages.
Have You Been Injured By A Distracted Driver?
Every year, drivers who are using their cell phones while behind the wheel cause over 1.5 million accidents. If you have been injured in one of these accidents, contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley today to discuss your legal options. Drivers who are using their cell phones are breaking the law—and if they injure innocent people as a result of their poor choices, they should be held liable for their mistakes.