According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 421,000 people were injured and 3,328 people were killed in car accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2012. Many of these accidents occurred in Southern California, including the Bakersfield area.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed by an inattentive driver, you need Bakersfield distracted driving car accident attorney Mickey Fine on your side. Attorney Fine will fight for your rights and take your case as far as needed to help you secure the full compensation you are entitled to.
The NHTSA defines distraction as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving” which can include things such as:
- Using a cellphone for any reason
- Operating a GPS unit
- Changing a radio station
- Adjusting an MP3 player or CD
- Eating or drinking
- Reading a map
- Using a web browser
Forms of distraction that promise to increase in the next few years include taking selfies and using Google Glass.
Facts about Distracted Driving
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) has conducted numerous studies regarding driver distraction. Findings from some of the VTTI studies include:
- Drivers who engage in tasks that require manual and cognitive attention are three times more likely to cause a car accident
- Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to cause a car accident
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blindfolded down the length of a football field at 55 mph
What’s more, VTTI has found that hands free devices are not much safer than handheld units.
Many forms of driver distraction are illegal in California, but that doesn’t stop hundreds of thousands of people from engaging in them every day. If you have been the victim of one of these negligent drivers, please contact our experienced Bakersfield distracted driving car accident attorney today to schedule your free consultation.