Despite the continued efforts of regulators, insurance companies, and parents, new drivers continue to text at an alarming rate while behind the wheel. Research consistently demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving, yet a full 40% of teens admit to texting while they drive.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2013, released last June, 41.4% of teens surveyed reported that they had texted or emailed while operating a motor vehicle during the 30 days prior to the survey.
The alarmingly high distracted driving figure comes as teens reported comparatively lower engagement in other risky activities like cigarette smoking, drunk driving, and carrying weapons. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), operating a cell phone while driving more than triples your risk of getting into a car accident.
If a texting driver’s negligence has caused you or a loved one to suffer, you have a right to recover damages. With more than 25 years of experience helping car accident victims in the Bakersfield area, Mr. Fine has the background necessary to ensure your rights are protected every step of the way.
Please contact The Law Offices of Mickey Fine today to schedule a free case evaluation with our Bakersfield car accident lawyer.