In the time it takes you to make one phone call from behind the wheel of your vehicle, someone could be killed.
Driving a vehicle in California is a privilege, not a right. If you have the privilege of driving a vehicle, you also have the responsibility to pay attention and stay focused when driving. However, today, too many people allow themselves to get distracted when driving, and more often, distracted driving is due to cell phone use or texting.
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Southern California freeways and roads. Thousands of people are killed each year and hundreds of thousands are injured in the United States because of distracted drivers. It is an activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.
There are three types of distraction:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – taking your mind off of driving
Distracted driving activities include:
- Using a cell phone
- Texting – the most alarming since it requires visual, manual, cognitive attention
- Eating / drinking
- Grooming yourself
- Looking at a map, using a navigation system, reading directions
- Adjusting a radio or CD player, MP3 player
Are you aware that as of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the United States? Sending or receiving text messages takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.
In addition, did you know that at any given daylight moment approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving in the United States? According to a recent CDC distracted driving study, 69% of drivers, ages 18 through 64, in the United States reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days prior to be surveyed.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Southern California distracted driving accident, you’re probably confused about how to proceed next. Contact the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Welebir | Tierney. Our attorneys can offer you the personal attention and individualized advice that you need during this difficult time in your life. We will make sure the negligent party is held responsible and that you are compensated for your injuries, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Call today – we get the results you need and deserve.