December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When considering the hazards associated with distracted driving, most people focus on the number of accidents between two or more motor vehicles caused by such behavior. According to a recent study, the dangers of distracted driving can be just as serious for those traveling by bicycle or walking.
The study -- conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center -- examined the number of people who were killed while biking or walking by a distracted driver in a motor vehicle.
The researchers found that the number of bicyclists and pedestrians
killed by distracted drivers has been on the rise over the past few years.
From 2005 to 2010, the number of bicyclists who died in distracted driving collisions rose 30 percent, while the number of pedestrians killed in such crashes increased by almost 50 percent. In 2010, 73 bicyclists and 500 pedestrians died after being hit by a distracted driver.
Another recent study, conducted by State Farm, found that a rising number of motorists are using the Internet while they are behind the wheel. In 2009, a similar study found that 13 percent of motorists used the Internet while they were driving -- in 2013, that number had risen to 24 percent. While most people associate distracted driving with talking or texting, accessing the Internet can be just as distracting and can result in serious motor vehicle collisions.
California law prohibits some types of distracted driving
In order to make our roads as safe as possible, California legislators have passed certain laws outlawing some particularly dangerous forms of distracted driving
For instance, motorists in California
are not allowed to send or read text messages while they are behind the wheel. In addition, California drivers are not allowed to use a handheld cellphone while they are driving.
California law also prohibits bus drivers and novice drivers from using any kind of cellphone while they are on the road, including phones that allow an individual to communicate hands-free. While there is a primary law in effect for bus drivers, the law banning cellphone usage by novice drivers is only a secondary law. In other words, novice drivers may only be cited for violating the hands-free cellphone use law if they are initially stopped for a different traffic violation.
When an individual suffers from injuries following a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, the physical and emotional toll can be great. If you have been involved in such a situation, taking the time to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney will ensure your rights are safeguarded.
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