Drivers in California are required by law to drive safely, to pay attention to where they are going and to avoid unnecessary distractions. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow the law and accidents happen as a result. Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) These types of distractions include:
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
Key Facts and Statistics (According to the NHTSA)
The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
Such unsafe driving activities cause serious accidents on Bay Area roads every day.
Accidents caused by distracted drivers would be avoided if people simply followed the law. If you have been injured by a negligent distracted driver, you are entitled to full compensation for your injuries, including payment for lost time from work, medical bills and pain and suffering.
At Pirrone and Pirrone we provide skilled representation to those injured by distracted drivers. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury caused by a distracted driver, you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows the law and will protect your rights.
NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA)
Pirrone & Pirrone can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries. We completely understand the complexity of auto accidents and the legalities required for proper and fair compensation.
The next step is to discuss your accident and evaluate your injuries so we can determine your future legal needs. We can prepare your case in a way that insurance companies understand and accept. We will help you to fully document all aspects of your case including your injuries and the circumstances of your accident.
Do not delay. Call or e-mail us today, so we can start resolving your case quickly and efficiently.
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