Some studies have produced results showing that distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. Texting and even speaking on a hand-held phone is a contributing factor in many car accidents.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS):
- 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
- The number one source of distractions is talking on a cellphone or texting.
- Texting takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, and most crashes occur with fewer than three seconds to react.
Hand-held cellphone use and texting while driving are banned for all drivers in California. However, this does not stop distracted driving. In 2013, an OTS survey found 45 percent of Californians surveyed admitted to making a driving mistake while talking on a cellphone. Numerous other distractions abound while driving, including dialing a phone, handling a phone headset or Bluetooth device, using a GPS device, conversing with other passengers, taking one's eyes off the road, putting on makeup, reading, eating and more.
Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times greater than driving while not distracted, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As the victim of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, at 800-652-6137 for a free consultation.
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