Distracted drivers are one of the biggest hazards on the roads today. It ranks up there with drunk drivers.
No matter in what way they are distracted or what form their distraction takes (from eating to texting to talking on the phone), this distraction causes the driver to not properly pay attention to the task at hand – which is driving. When they can’t concentrate, they can’t react to the changing conditions at hand.
Not too long ago a 19-year old and a 15-year old student were killed because the 19-year old sent and received 11 text messages on his phone – while he was driving. He caused a deadly highway pileup involving two school buses, a tractor-trailer, and a pickup truck.
Thousands of people die every year because they couldn’t wait to make a phone call or text a message to someone. What could be so important as to risk your own life and those around you?
According to a survey conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board, out of 6,000 drivers surveyed about their phone habits behind the wheel, two in ten said they have sent text messages or emails while driving. About half of drivers aged 21 through 24 admitted to this.
At the same time, the majority said they supported laws banning texting by drivers. It is interesting to note that the majority of the drivers don’t believe they are distracted at all while driving, including while reading texts, putting on makeup or even reading a newspaper while steering.
No matter what you think, distracted driving, and specifically texting while driving, is unsafe for drivers, their passengers and those on the road around them.
California Vehicle Code Section 23123(a) states, “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving”.
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, then you are likely already aware of the stress and emotional turmoil that something of this nature can cause.
Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Welebir Tierney & Weck, located in San Bernardino County. By having a knowledgeable attorney on your side, you can begin to take the necessary step towards fighting for your just and desirable outcome.