Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases a report on traffic safety statistics. In September 2016, that report was based on data regarding electronic device usage by drivers during the 2015 calendar year. Here are some of the shocking statistics they recorded involving hand-held device use while driving (which is illegal in most states).
- From 2014 to 2015, the number of drivers caught using their handheld devices stayed roughly the same at 2.2%.
- The greatest increase in handheld device usage while driving was spotted in rural areas and among drivers whose passengers were all at least 8 years of age.
- In the 25-69 age group, the percent of drivers using handheld devices while driving increased from 2.0% to 2.1%.
- In the 18-24 age group, the percent of drivers using handheld devices while driving increased dramatically over the past decade from 0.5% in 2006 to 4.9% in 2015.
What are young drivers doing with those devices? Some are texting or making phone calls. Others are taking selfies. Some are even on social media, live streaming their driving experience. However, this leads to real dangers. The NHTSA also reported that 3,450 people died in fatal accidents due to distracted driving and another 391,000 were injured in crashes due to these risky behaviors.
If You Have Been Injured By a Distracted Driver in Southern California
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Driving distracted is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. The state of California has laws in place to discourage this practice when it comes to the use of cell phones by a driver. Here are the ones you should know about.
- Since 2008, hand-held devices cannot be used while driving. If you are over 18, you can use a hands-free device.
- There is no texting and driving whatsoever in California. This law was passed in 2009 and includes the writing, sending, and reading of text messages.
- As noted above, the law prohibits those under the age of 18 from even using a hands-free device while driving.
While these laws should instill the importance of avoiding distracted driving, many drivers still seem to insist that those laws are in place for someone else and that they can drive distracted without consequences. If you ever find yourself in a vehicle with someone who allows themselves to be distracted by a mobile device, don’t be afraid to speak up – you may just save a life.
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While California doesn’t have the toughest laws on distracted driving, there are a number of regulations in relation to cell phone use that you should be aware of if you are a driver. Here are some of the main things you need to know in order to drive safely and avoid a violation.
- If you’re under 18, you shouldn’t be touching or using your cell phone while driving. Even hands-free calls are off-limits for teens with limited driving experience.
- If you’re 18 or older, you still can’t text, but you can make hands-free phone calls.
- If you’re 18 or older, you can actually pick up your phone for a couple of seconds while driving, but only for the sake of dialing a number. Then you have to take the call on a headset or speakerphone.
- Cell phone laws only apply on public roads. If you are in your own driveway, on a private road, or driving through a field somewhere, you can use your phone as much as you want.
- If an emergency arises, you can call the emergency services, police, fire, etc. without having to make a handsfree call.
- Authorized drivers of emergency service vehicles don’t have the same cell phone restrictions as other drivers. Everyone should be giving these vehicles the right of way anyway, so the distraction should add minimal danger.
If You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident in California
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Distracted driving results in many accidents, injuries, and even deaths on California roads each year. We’re going to look at 5 common things that distract drivers. Then we will provide information on what you should do if you have been injured in an accident with a distracted driver.
- Smartphones – Oh sure, there is a law that you can’t text and drive. But that doesn’t stop some drivers from being distracted by cell phone use. As of yet, there is no completely hands-free legislation in California.
- Music – Whether a driver has an old-school CD player or is scrolling on a mobile device to select a song, playing music in the car can be distracting to a driver. It is preferable to get your music playing before you get on the road. If you have passengers, let one of them DJ for you.
- Food and Drink – Dashboard dining can be a major distraction, especially if you are eating something messy. Taking your eyes off the road or hands of the wheel for just a second can be all it takes for an accident to occur.
- Reading – Texting and driving may be the most modern form of reading and driving, but it is not the only way reading distracts drivers. Whether it is a newspaper, magazine, or book reading and driving is never a good idea. Get an audiobook
- Videos – More and more vehicles have a video entertainment system. That’s fine for kids in the backseat. Just keep the video out of the view of the driver so he or she is not tempted to watch along.
If You Have Been Injured by a Distracted Driver
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are here to help if you have been the victim of a distracted driver. To learn more, contact us today at 619-344-0360. Before you sign any settlement from an insurance company, it is important to seek legal advice so you get the full compensation you deserve!Read More
AAA’s Center for Driving Safety and Technology recently teamed up with University of Utah researchers to examine the dashboards of 30 modern vehicles so as to determine how frequently these dashboard displays took a driver’s vision of the road and how much of a driver’s cognitive function had to be allocated to operating the display. The shocking results revealed that this technology, designed to provide modern conveniences, may be a major distraction for drivers.
Distractions – A Primary Cause of Modern Car Accident Injuries
Music itself doesn’t seem to be a major distraction for drivers. In fact, many auto manufacturers have begun integrating radio controls into the steering wheel so that drivers never have to take their eyes off the road to hear their favorite tunes. Unfortunately, the rest of the functions of the dashboard display continue to grow and now include complicated menus for control of the thermostat, GPS navigation, and other interactive components.
Fighting to Stay Focused on the Road
Being able to pair your smartphone with your car is great until the first time it doesn’t work and you find yourself fiddling with the dashboard trying to fix it while driving. Text message support may keep people from picking up the smartphone while driving, but sometimes speaking a message and struggling with the voice commands can be just as much of a distraction. This is a case where instead of encouraging a person to wait until they arrive at their destination, new technology just finds a different way to distract the driver. The fact is that maintaining focus on the road and off of technology is the best way to avoid an accident.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you are the victim of an injury due to a distracted driver, you need to get the right medical treatment, and you deserve to be compensated for those costs and other losses that may occur as a result of the injury. Petrov Law Firm has experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers who can help you to recover your losses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Driving safe is far better than having to go after compensation for injuries due to an accident. While you can’t anticipate every mistake other drivers will make, there are certain good habits that can protect you and your passengers. Of course, not every defensive driving technique you read about online is everything it’s made out to be. Here are 2 misconceptions about defensive driving.
Myth #1 – Always keep your hands at 10 and 2
This has been drilled into anyone who is 30 and over since high school. There’s just one problem – the air bag was invented. Sure airbags keep us safer, but they also make the 10/2 hand position a prime spot for broken arms during an accident. Now the recommendation is to keep your hands at the 9 and 3 positions.
Myth #2 – Hands-free headset calls are safer
Unfortunately, the problem with being on the phone while driving is not taking one hand off the wheel – it’s being distracted by the conversation itself. As a result, studies have shown that drivers are just as dangerous while taking a call on a headset as while holding the phone for a call. The best way to stay safe is to leave phone calls for when you arrive at your destination and to pull over for emergency calls.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
No matter how safe you try to be, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured due to a mistake made by another driver, you need the right support in order to receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. Petrov Law Firm has experience in dealing with these companies and attaining just compensation for our clients. To learn more, call 619-344-0360.Read More
Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of car accidents across the country. In 2015, 3,477 fatalities occurred in accidents involving a distracted driver. What can you do to remain undistracted while at the wheel of your car? Read on for some potentially lifesaving tips.
Always Keep Your Eyes on the Road
How fast can a distraction turn into an accident? Accidents due to distracted driving usually occur within 3 seconds of the distraction. That means it is vital always to keep your eyes on the road. What are some distractions that take a driver’s eyes away from the road for those crucial seconds?
- Checking a mobile device – Be determined not to be distracted by a mobile device while driving. If you are in a fatal accident, you will never get to reply to that text. Better to leave it until you arrive at your destination. You can pull over for emergency calls or texts.
- Adjusting radio stations – Many cars now have buttons on the wheel to help a driver change stations with minimal distraction. If you have a passenger with you, it’s better to allow him or her to be the DJ.
- Conversations in the car – It’s okay to talk to your friends while driving, but be careful not to become so engrossed in the conversation that you are turning to look at your passengers. Avoid emotionally charged conversation that can be even more distracting.
- Eating or drinking – Trying to open a wrapper on a fast food burger can pull your eyes off the road long enough for an accident. It’s better to take a few minutes in the parking lot to eat if you don’t have time to go inside a restaurant.
- Applying makeup – Apply makeup before leaving the house or in the parking lot after arriving at your destination.
- Smoking – If you can’t make it to your destination without lighting up, it’s better to pull over for a few minutes than to smoke and drive. Best of all would be to break the habit.
If You Have Been Injured by a Distracted Driver
In 2015, distracted drivers caused 391,000 injuries. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to far more compensation that what the insurance company will initially offer you. Before signing anything or accepting a settlement, consult a personal injury attorney at Petrov Law Firm to ensure you are getting what you deserve. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation now.