While multi-tasking can be an admirable habit when your working in an office or trying to complete chores at home, trying to accomplish too many tasks at once can prove dangerous when your driving a motor vehicle. Texting, talking on the cell phone, putting on nail polish, watching a video, reading a book, surfing the Internet, or eating might all seem like harmless activities--yet do any of these activities while driving and you increase the chances that you may be involved in a deadly Orange County, California motor vehicle crash.
Distracted driving-related accidents are happening so often that almost every week there are news reports of people getting hurt or dying because another driver was texting, talking on the phone, or engaged in another activity while driving. Now, the federal government has decided to hold a "distracted driving" summit to address this problem. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has compared distracted driving to drunk driving and that just as people got tired of seeing loved ones killed in drunk driving accidents, they now had enough of motorists risking other people's lives because they refuse to stop texting or using a cell phone while driving.
The federal government's stance is a definite change from several years ago when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held back information and evidence it had that thousands of people were dying every year because of cell phone use--both hands-free or handheld--and other forms of distracted driving.
Even now, many US states still don't have laws regulating cell phone talking or text messaging. And while some states, such as California, do ban drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones and texting, now studies are revealing that just because you aren't holding the device doesn't mean you are any safer.
A recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety poll reported that although 87% of motorists think that texting or emailing is a dangerous activity to do when driving and 58% of motorists think talking on a cell phone is not a safe driving activity to engage in. Yet, despite this knowledge, 67% of drivers admitted to recently talking on the phone and driving at the same time, while 21% had recently texted while driving.
Our Anaheim, California personal injury lawyers are aware of the fact that despite state laws, there are still drivers out there that continue to text and talk on the phone while driving. If you were injured in an Orange County, California car crash because of a distracted driver, a drunk driver, or any other kind of negligent driver, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death complaint.
Federal Agency Plans Distracted Driving Forum, NY Times, August 4, 2009
Distracted Driving the Top Reason that 35 Percent of Drivers Feel Less Safe than Five Years Ago, According to the AAA Foundation, AAA, July 27, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Cell Phone Driving Laws, Governors Highway Safety Association