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Distracted driving is a major issue on the roads today. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, distracted driving was a factor in over 53,000 crashes in California in 2020 alone (California Office of Traffic Safety). These accidents can have serious consequences, including fatalities, injuries, and property damage. In this article, we will explore the causes of distracted driving, the consequences of distracted driving accidents, and the laws in place to combat this dangerous behavior.
There are many things that can distract a driver while they are behind the wheel. According to the California Vehicle Code, distracted driving is defined as “driving while engaged in an activity that diverts attention from the primary task of driving” (California Vehicle Code 23123). Some common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup, and adjusting the radio. In today’s world, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to multitask while driving, but it is important to remember that your full attention is required when operating a vehicle.
Distracted driving accidents can result in a variety of injuries for those involved. Some common injuries include broken bones, lacerations, and bruises. More severe injuries, such as head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries, can also occur. These types of injuries can have long-term effects on a person’s physical and mental health, and may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. In some cases, injuries sustained in a distracted driving accident can result in disability or even death. It is important to always be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions while driving in order to prevent these types of injuries.
To combat the issue of distracted driving, the state of California has implemented several laws. According to the California Vehicle Code, it is illegal to text or use a handheld device while driving (California Vehicle Code 23123). Additionally, California has a ban on drivers under the age of 18 using any wireless communication device while driving, even if it is hands-free (California Vehicle Code 23124). These laws are in place to help keep drivers and others on the road safe.
Distracted driving accidents can occur at any time and in any location. However, certain times and places tend to have higher rates of distracted driving accidents. For example, statistics show that distracted driving accidents are more likely to occur during the daytime, as opposed to at night (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). In terms of location, distracted driving accidents are more likely to occur in urban areas, as there are typically more cars and pedestrians present (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Additionally, distracted driving accidents are more likely to occur on roads with higher speed limits, as drivers may be more likely to engage in distracting behaviors at higher speeds (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). It is important to be vigilant and avoid distractions at all times, regardless of the time of day or location.
Distracted driving is a serious issue that can have devastating consequences. It is important to always keep your full attention on the task of driving to ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, contact our office.