Texting While Driving Accidents
Texting While Driving Accident
Dangers of Driver Distraction
The term distracted driving refers to any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving, and it has always been a cause for concern; however, in recent years the dramatic increase in the use of electronic devices has brought distracted driving to a whole new level, one that is of an alarming concern.
Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation places a great deal of focus on texting while driving and using cellular devices behind the wheel, and the agency is leading the effort to put a stop to texting and cellular phone use while driving. Since 2009 the agency has held two national distracted driving summits, it has banned texting and cellular phone use for commercial drivers, it continues to encourage states to adopt tough anti-texting laws, and it has launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the widespread problem.
Types of Distracted Driving
There are three main types of driver distraction, they are visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off the task of driving). While there are many different types of distracted driving, texting while driving is one of the most dangerous and alarming forms of distracted driving because it involves all three forms of driver distraction.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), texting takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, which would be the same as driving the length of a football field at 55 mph blindfolded.
The NHTSA reports that in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in distracted driving crashes, as compared to 3,267 in 2010. What’s more, an additional 387,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, compared to 416,000 people injured in 2010. According to a Monash University study, drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash serious enough to injure themselves. Another study revealed that text messaging increases the risk of a crash by 23 times as compared to driving while not distracted.
Common Forms of Driver Distraction
All distractions endanger the driver, their passengers, other drivers on the road, pedestrians, motorcyclists and people riding bicycles. Distraction driving is defined as any activity that could divert the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving, and there is little question that texting while driving is the most dangerous form of driver distraction since it involves visual, manual and cognitive distraction.
Some of the most common forms of driver distraction include:
- Texting while driving
- Using a cell phone (even hands-free devices are dangerous)
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Applying cosmetics
- Grooming activities (e.g. shaving for men)
- Reading (even reading a map or directions on a cell phone)
- Operating a DVD, or CD player, or the radio
- Speaking to passengers, especially in the rear of the vehicle
In the event that you have been involved in a texting while driving accident related to distracted driving, you could be eligible for monetary compensation. When searching for a lawyer for a car accident case in Los Angeles, it is important to remember that you need someone who is not only compassionate, but also knowledgeable. At Ghozland Law Firm, our legal team is both understanding of your situation and extremely experienced. Do not wait until it is too late to contact our firm!
California Laws on Cellular Phone Use
The state of California has a handheld ban for all drivers, this is the primary law. For bus drivers, California has a ban on all cell phone use; for novice drivers, California has a ban on all cell phone use, and this includes handheld and hands-free devices. As far as texting while driving is concerned, in California there is a ban on texting for all drivers and this is the primary law.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a car accident at the hands of a distracted driver, particularly someone that was texting while driving accident? If so, you need a personal injury lawyer for your car accident case in Los Angeles. It is against the law to text and drive in California, but unfortunately tens of thousands of California drivers engage in this dangerous behavior without regard to their safety, or more importantly, the safety of others.
At Ghozland Law Firm, a dedicated Los Angeles personal injury lawyer with more than 40 years of combined experience can investigate your case! Our firm offers free initial case evaluations to all of our potential clients, and we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no out-of-pocket costs and we don’t collect a dime unless we obtain a favorable case result in your case.
You may be entitled to compensation for all of your economic and non-economic losses, and this may include medical bills, ambulance bills, pain and suffering, lost income, as well as loss of future income. Contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer from our firm today.