In 2011, more than 3,300 people were killed nationwide in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Hundreds of thousands more suffered traumatic injuries. Cell phone use was reported in 18 percent of distracted driving accident deaths, according to the US Department of Transportation.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Drivers who take their eyes or mind off the road, or their hand off the wheel, endanger not only themselves but you and your loved ones as well. Cell phone use is a major source of driver distraction and car accidents.
Whether texting or talking, using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. Cell phone use while driving can distract you in three main ways:
- Visual distraction
- Manual distraction
- Cognitive distraction
Whether you take your hands, concentration or eyes off the road, the distraction can lead to a car accident.
In 2011, the National Safety Council estimated 23 percent of all car accidents involve cell phone use, either texting or talking.
California Cell Phone Laws
In California, it is illegal for drivers to:
- Use a handheld device while driving
- Text while driving
Additionally, bus drivers and young drivers may not use a hands-free device.
These are primary enforcement laws, which means a police officer can pull you over and ticket you for these violations, without having to pull you over for something else.
If a driver using a cell phone causes a car accident in which you are injured, the driver may be held responsible for causing the accident based on his or her cell phone use. Cell phone use can be considered a careless behavior, and if that carelessness causes the driver to run a red light, make an improper turn or fail to yield, a serious car accident can result.
Car accidents result in devastating bodily injury, such as spinal cord injury. Distracted driving accidents are preventable, but the negligent driver chose to use a cell phone while driving and now you may be facing:
- Medical bills
- Diminished earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Long-term disability
- Pain and suffering
As the person injured by the negligence of another driver, you deserve compensation.