Distracted Driving Accidents
When historians look back on the beginning of this century, the era in which we live may eventually be known as the Communication Age. What the steam engine was to the people living in the late 19th century, the cell phone has become to us. We have instantaneous access to an almost infinite amount of information, and can reach out to just about anyone in our circle of friends and colleagues without being attached to a landline.
Communication technology, however, does not always mesh well with other technological conveniences. Nowhere is that more apparent than the competition for a person’s attention between the demands of driving a car and the messages being received on their phone. This means that many preventable traffic accidents happen in California every day, resulting in lives lost and millions of dollars spent in treating injuries and repairing damaged property.
Phones Are Part of the Larger ProblemAccording to studies conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving played a role in 20% of injury-causing crashes, and in 18% of fatal traffic crashes. In real numbers, this meant that in 2011, more than 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving accidents, and 387,000 were injured.
While motorists under the age of 20 were found to be most likely to be driving with distractions, drivers between the ages of 30-39 were the most likely to be distracted by the use of a cellphone. Research indicates that cell phone use, regardless of whether it is handheld or hands-free, has a similar effect on a driver’s reaction time as that of alcohol or drugs. This is why most states have laws prohibiting the use of a handheld telecommunication device while driving. According to NHTSA, more than 660,000 people are using their cell phones while driving at any given moment during the day.
However, phones aren’t the only distraction that causes accidents. Distractions come in the form of other passengers, or music on the radio. The extraordinary number of drive-thru fast food restaurants and coffee shops means that more and more people are eating or drinking while they are driving. With the advancement in GPS and mapping technology, there is a fair chance that many drivers are distracted while attempting to locate their next destination.
Call Jamal Injury Law TodayNo matter what time of day you get on the road, there is a real chance that someone else on that same road isn’t paying attention. An inattentive driver is a dangerous driver, and is more likely to cause you to suffer a serious injury. If you find yourself the victim of a driver who was distracted by their cell phone, you may have the right to recover against him or her for the losses you suffered. You will need a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can help you pursue just compensation for your injuries and the damage to your property.
At Jamal Injury Law, we know that your choice of attorney can affect your ability to recover fair compensation. That is why attorney Suliman Jamal is dedicated to giving his full attention to each and every client. He will work tirelessly to help you through every step of the process of recovering the compensation you deserve, and he is committed to ensuring that drivers who care more about answering a text on their cell phone than paying attention to the road are made aware of the pain and suffering they can potentially cause.
Call Jamal Injury Law today at 949-677-0984 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We will be there for you.