Study after study continues to confirm that distracted driving, including cell phone use while driving, continues to be a problem. Massive information campaigns have not put a dent in distracted driving numbers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that, on average, distracted driving results in over 3,200 deaths and 400,000 injuries every year. These numbers have been increasing over recent years.
What is distracted driving?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), distracted driving is one or more of the following actions.
- Taking your eyes off the road
- Taking your hands off the wheel
- Taking your mind off of driving
Texting while driving is extremely dangerous because it actually combines all three distracted driving qualifications. Other distracted behaviors include talking while driving, eating, and even using navigation apps or a vehicle’s infotainment system. Distracted driving is most prevalent in younger drivers.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth encourages drivers to be safe and put down the cell phone while on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you have the legal right to pursue damages, including medical bills and car repair. Call our Southern California car accident lawyers today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation.