September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- With today's technology, millions of people now own cell phones or smart phones, and many of them continue to use them while they are driving. There are other types of distractions as well that cause people to lose concentration while driving and put their lives and the lives of others at risk. In fact, distracted driving is a huge problem
in the San Diego area, with a large number of accidents being attributed to drivers who were distracted by electronics or other factors.
According to the UC San Diego Health System, cell phones are the main cause of distraction-related accidents in California. Studies have even shown that hands-free devices are just as dangerous as handheld technology. Distractions while driving, especially texting, has been proven to be as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08, the state legal limit. In fact, texting increases the risk of a crash from 8 to 16 times.
Studies may show hands-free devices aren't safe
Many vehicles are being sold with technology that promises convenience and safe, hands-free use. However, U-T San Diego reports that these voice-command devices can be as dangerous or more so than talking on a cell phone while driving. Using a voice-commanded devices while driving requires more concentration than many people would think. In studies, drivers using voice-command technology have been shown to ignore signs and mirrors and not notice red lights or pedestrians.
Younger drivers especially at risk
Distraction.gov has listed many activities that distract drivers and increase the risk of an accident, that are especially common with younger drivers:
Texting and using cell phones
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Using a navigation system
Adjusting the radio
These risks are so serious that a proposed bill would ban voice-texting while driving in California, and another bill that's awaiting an Assembly committee decision would make it illegal for anyone younger than 18 to use any electronic wireless device while driving.
To drive home the point of the dangers of distracted driving, Fox 40 reported on a particularly terrible crash on Interstate 80 in Davis. When a semi-truck driver began choking on the fast food he was eating while driving, he lost consciousness and hit another vehicle head on, causing both vehicles to explode and killing both drivers.
Contacting an attorney
With any accident caused by a distracted driver, families are affected as well as the victims. Medical and funeral costs can add up to the tens of thousands, and there is also the potential for long-term care. Those who are affected by a distracted driver should contact an attorney with experience in car accidents, to see what type of compensation they are eligible to receive.