April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so this is a perfect time to learn about the dangers and prevention of distracted driving.
The Arnold Law Firm invites you to join us in promoting awareness of distracted driving by coming to our offices and:
Our law firm takes safe driving very seriously, as we have seen the consequences of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2015 alone, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,477 individuals, and another 391,000 were injured.
Distracted driving is any type of activity that:
Cellphone use is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it does all three.
When drivers are not focused on the road, it is more likely that they will cause an accident. These accidents can result in severe injuries because the driver may not have the time necessary to react by swerving or applying the brakes.
Examples of distracted driving include:
Statistics provide a stark picture of the dangers of distracted driving. Although many California motorists admit that they are aware of the dangers of texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving, many drivers continue these habits.
According to the California Offices of Traffic Safety, about 40 percent of surveyed California drivers admitted to making a driving mistake while talking on a cellphone. About 54 percent said that they had been hit or nearly hit by a distracted driver.
Distracted driving puts others on the roadway in danger, as shown by these facts:
To combat the risks of distracted driving, California lawmakers passed legislation banning cellphone use and wireless-device use while operating a motor vehicle.
California law prohibits the use of a phone unless it is configured to use voice-operated prompts and hands-free operation and is used only in this manner while driving. Additionally, California law permits a phone to be used when it is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield like a GPS system and the phone is only used to activate or deactivate a function with one swipe or finger tap.
However, these exceptions are not available to drivers under 18 years of age. Minors cannot use a cellphone at all while driving.
Every driver has the responsibility of driving in a safe and cautious manner. There are many ways that people can avoid distracted driving, including:
Come to our offices today to take the pledge to be a focused driver and pick up your free bracelet. The caring attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm want you to drive safely, never distracted.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the injuries and damage that you sustained in the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney in Sacramento can help investigate your claim and gather evidence that shows the other driver was distracted. We can discuss your options during a free, no-obligation consultation.
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