Despite all the warnings about distracted driving, people fail to give the road their full attention. When a driver heads out on the road, many lives are on the line. Without giving driving the utmost attention, the odds of an accident are much greater. Statistics show that car crashes are the number one cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. If you live in the California area and have been effected by poor driving at the hand of another make sure to reach out to a credible Orange County personal injury attorney as soon as you possibly can. It is imperative for vehicle operators to understand the true risks of distracted driving, so the number of crashes can be reduced.
Studies have revealed that more than 70 percent of licensed adults admit that they have texted while driving. While the average driver only takes his or her eyes off the road for five seconds while texting, that is long enough to travel the length of a football field if you are driving 55 miles per hour, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) has reported. The VTTI studies have also revealed that vehicle operators who become actively involved in visual-manual subtasks as they drive are three times more likely to crash.
Examples of visual-manual subtasks are dialing a phone, texting or just reaching for a misplaced phone in the car. The numbers become even more startling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) said during 2012 about 11% of drivers younger than 20 who were in a crash involving a fatality were distracted at the time of the accident. According to the NTHSA, accidents involving distracted drivers kill 9 people and injure another 1,060 every day.
States all across the country are enacting laws that focus on distracted driving. In many states, texting while driving can result in excessive fines. Some stays prohibit cell phone use while operating a vehicle all together. It doesn’t take a cell phone to get distracted while driving though. Other forms of distraction include eating, reading a map or other documents, adjusting the car stereo, brushing your hair and similar activities. Anything that makes you take your focus off driving is a distraction.
Some studies indicate that distracted driving campaigns in European countries have been effective in reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. These campaigns have included public service announcements that have aired on public television showing violent crashes and often graphic images. In honor of National Distracted Driving Month, a PSA created by The Tombras Group has been released in an effort to get the message out to more people. The short PSA quickly gets to the point, showing a violent crash that mangles a car and its passengers. The cause of the crash? The driver gets a text message and looks down for just a second. In the meantime, she runs a stop sign and enters into the path of a large truck.
Victims of car accidents can quickly incur tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Often, their loved ones suffer because of time off work and the loss of income. They may also experience pain and suffering that can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases.