Recently, many states have had to pass new laws to deal with the dangerous activity of texting while driving. Texting while driving is very common, even though it is well known that this can cause injuries to you and others. It has even claimed lives. Unfortunately, many people think “it won’t happen to me”. Sadly, laws have not seemed reduce texting while driving to any significant degree. Why would you put your life or someone else’s in danger? Is any text message or phone call really worth the risk?
Each year there are more than 50,000 drivers who are injured in accidents which were caused by distracted driving. Texting is becoming the most common cause of distracted driving. It is estimated that over 6,000 people annually are killed because of using the phone while driving. Soon, this new danger may take over the number one cause of car accidents: drunk driving. Why do people who would never consider driving while drunk, think nothing of sending or reading a text while behind the wheel?
There are many types of distractions which can divert the attention of the driver: loud noises, unexpected actions by other drivers, road conditions, unruly children. A visual distraction is one which takes the driver’s attention away from the road. Another type of distraction is a manual distraction, which involves the driver’s hands being used for something other than driving: eating, turning the radio dial, etc. Next is a cognitive distraction which may be something such as as not having your mind focused, thinking rather than paying attention. The big danger now is that texting while driving includes all of these situations at once. This can be particularly dangerous in the case of a new driver.
If you or a family member have been involved in an accident which appears to have involved texting by the other driver, you need to contact the law offices of Irvine personal injury lawyer Jeff Dawson today. Jeff can assist you in determining if you have an auto accident claim which may involve filing a lawsuit in Orange County. You may need guidance in how best to proceed in having your medical bills taken care of and may even be entitled to money for lost wages and or pain & suffering. Call today for a free consultation.