Distracted driving means driving while not completely focused on the crucial task of driving safely. Distracted driving encompasses seemingly harmless behaviors. But in the context of driving, the following behaviors are extremely dangerous:
It may seem hard to believe, but the potential for injuries, death, property damage, and skyrocketing medical costs is multiplied exponentially by doing something as harmless as responding to a simple text from a close friend.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident due to a distracted driver, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against them for damages. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our skilled Los Angeles car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to offer legal assistance. We will review your case to determine what necessary steps should be taken in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Accidents and Injuries Caused by Distracted Drivers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people were killed as recently as 2016 because of a car accident caused by distracted drivers. This is a shocking statistic, all the more tragic because those deaths were preventable had the drivers handled their driving with duty of care.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that, on average, 9 people are killed every day in the United States because of a distracted driver. More than 1,000 people are injured yearly in car accidents involving a distracted driver.
Consequences of Distracted Driving
There are three primary types of distracted driving:
You cannot drive safely unless you’re completely focused on the task of driving. An example that proves this point is texting while driving, which is something that most drivers are guilty of doing.
On average, it takes about five seconds to send or read a text. That’s five seconds during which your eyes are not focused on the road. If you’re driving on the freeway at the very reasonable speed of 55 mph, that’s comparable to closing your eyes while driving across the entire length of a football field.
Using your cell phone while driving in the state of California is both dangerous and illegal. You cannot drive while holding a cell phone in your hand for any reason. You can only use your phone in a hands-free manner. Under no circumstances can you ever hold a phone in your hand while driving. It’s worth mentioning that all drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone for any reason.
Common examples of distracted driving:
If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s distracted driving, you have the right to hold that driver responsible. A skilled Los Angeles car accident attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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