San Diego, CA- Most motorists are aware that distracted driving is extremely dangerous, leading to one-third of all fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. Regrettably, those risks are not to enough to dissuade Californians from using their cell phones behind the wheel. They may hear the horrific stories of fatal distracted driving accidents but many Californians just can’t put their cell phones away. In fact, drivers in the state are using their cell phones more and more, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The California Office of Traffic Safety, along with the California Highway Patrol and the University of California, Berkley conducted a survey this year to determine how prevalent cell phone use was among drivers and the results were alarming. The survey found a 39 percent increase in drivers using their cell phones and driving at the same time.
In 2014, researchers observed 6.6 percent of motorist using a cell phone while driving but in this year that number spiked to 9.9 percent. While that 9.9 percent is much lower than in 2012 when over 10 percent of motorists were distracted by their cell phones.
Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon by any means, but with all that cell phones can do and people’s addiction to them, distracted driving is becoming as deadly a problem as drunken driving. USAttorneys urges you to contact one our accident lawyers near their California location if they have been injured or lost a loved one because of a distracted motorist.
Cell phones may present the greatest distraction of motorists but using one is just one of the many other things that can take a motorist’s mind off of the task of driving. Passengers can be distracting. Eating and drinking can be distracting and so is fiddling with a car stereo. Even using a cell phone hands-free can be a major distraction because distraction isn’t just a motorist taking their eyes of the road, it is also them taking their mind off the road.
Driver distractions fall into two categories: cognitive distractions or distractions. Cognitive distractions are ones where a motorists have their eyes on the road but not their minds. A motorist who is talking on a hands-free device or talking to a passenger can be cognitively distracted. Physical distraction is when a motorist takes their eyes off the road to send a text or look at their stereo. Either distraction can put a tragic collision in motion.
Whether the distraction is cognitive or physical, any resulting accidents can be devastating for the victims. Fatal accidents are far too common and oftentimes the victims who survive distracted driving accidents are severely injured, leaving them drowning in medical and other accident-related debt. This isn’t right! Accident victims won’t have to be burdened with their accident when they retain an accident lawyer in San Diego to assist them with their personal injury or wrongful death claim. Accident victims need to speak with an attorney immediately, so they can get the compensation they deserve.

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