Paying attention while driving is the number one way to avoid distracted driving accidents. Not using a mobile device while behind the wheel can make all the difference. Using such a device while driving can have deadly results. Even though texting while driving is against the law in many states and localities, it hasn’t seemed to make much of a difference. According to the National Safety Council, in 2013 there were 1.1 million distracted driving accidents nationwide. The United States Department of Transportation cited over 3,000 fatalities and more than 400,000 injuries caused by some form of distracted driving.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving can involve a variety of actions. From using a cell phone to texting to eating while driving, all of these things can be considered to cause a distraction. Even just talking while behind the wheel to dealing with noisy kids in the backseat can take your attention off of the road. Using a hands free device does not offer much of a difference, although the perception is that it is a good solution. When your attention is elsewhere, there are studies that show you look, but do not actually see. In a study conducted by AAA even voice controlled systems take your attention away from the road. Just hearing the notification of an incoming text or email can divert attention at a critical time.
Is Driving Mode the Answer?
Driving mode disables the ability of the phone to receive calls,texts and other functions such as Facebook and gaming, but retaining the ability to use a navigation system and emergency communications as well. Unfortunately, most phones do not offer a true Driving Mode. Some phones do have a driving mode, but it is simply a feature which reads aloud a text or email. This can be a distraction as well.
A simple idea to motivate drivers to use such a system would be if the insurance companies would offer a discount to a driver who purchases a Driving Mode feature for their phone. A financial incentive may help this simple solution gain popularity and acceptance. Anything to curb the incidences of distracted driving accidents. It could save a life, maybe yours.
Texting While Driving: Why It Is Dangerous
Driving is an activity that requires a person to be fully focused. Text messaging is a distraction. Many Irvine car accidents occur because the driver was distracted. Despite the fact that texting while driving is dangerous, many people believe that they can safely text and drive. In fact, over half of drivers have stated that it is easy for them to text and drive.
Texting And Driving Statistics
All one has to do is take a look at the texting and driving statistics to see how dangerous this activity can really be. People who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident. It is estimated that 330,000 people are injured each year as the result of texting while driving accidents.
What Lawmakers Are Doing To Curb Texting While Driving Accidents
Many states are cracking down on people who choose to text while they are behind the wheel. There are 10 states that forbid people from using a cell phone while driving. Thirty-nine states also forbid people from text messaging while driving. It is also illegal in Washington D.C. to use a cell phone while driving.
Despite the fact that laws forbid people from texting and driving, people still choose to do it. It is estimated that nearly one-third of adults text while they are driving.Many of these adults are setting a bad example for their teenage drivers. Fifteen percent of young people have reported that they have seen their parents texting while driving.
Injured In An Irvine Texting Driving Accident? Contact An Attorney Today
An Irvine texting driving accident can result in serious injuries. Many people are not able to work after their Irvine car accident because of the extent of their injuries. If you or one of your loved ones has been injured as the result of someone texting and driving, then you should contact our offices today. You could be eligible for financial compensation.
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.