Data from the California Office of Traffic Safety implicates distracted drivers in four out every five traffic accidents. On a national basis, over 2,000 people are killed annually in car accidents involving distracted driving. Driver inattention can be anything from eating or fumbling with the radio to trying to attend to children while driving. However, most attention and legislation is focused on the use of electronic devices while driving.
Distracted driving is a scourge on the roads and highways of Northern California, and across the state, in general. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that some form of distracted driving - whether texting, talking, putting on makeup, or anything else that takes a driver's eyes off the road - is a factor in four out of every five accidents in the state. Across the United States, distracted drivers kill thousands of motorists every year.
People's burgeoning attachment to mobile devices continues to fuel an epidemic of accidents caused by distracted drivers. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, distracted drivers are implicated in more than 80 percent of all car accidents. Nationally, more than 2,000 people are killed every year in accidents involving inattentive drivers.
In recent years, safety advocates have noted an alarming trend of accidents caused by distracted driving. Much of the alarm has centered on people who are texting or otherwise looking at smart phones instead of at the road, but dangerous distracted driving takes many forms.
The state of California has adopted strict laws regarding texting and driving. While hands-free device use is allowed for drivers 18 years of age or older, texting while driving is strictly prohibited by drivers of any age. In other words, a driver may not perform any function that requires them to hold their phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Car accidents happen in and around Stockton each day and, fortunately, most of these crashes result in no injuries or only minor injuries. Not every car accident results in catastrophic harm thanks, in part, to the many safety features that modern vehicles utilize to keep drivers and passengers out of harm's way. However, significant injuries are still possible when vehicles collide on California streets and highways, and this post will focus on one of the most damaging injuries that a vehicle accident victim can experience: traumatic brain injury.
In the last two decades the world of communication has drastically changed. Instead of having to stay home to wait for a phone call from a friend or post a letter through the mail, Stockton residents can receive calls, check their email, send text messages, and surf the internet all from devices that fit in the palms of their hands. Cell phones have made the world move faster since they all people to work and socialize while on the move; problems arise, however, when cell phones become distractions when individuals are driving their cars.
Grandparents and grandkids share a special bond that often cannot be replaced. All throughout California many grandparents step up and help their children take care of and raise their grandchildren so that their kids may work, earn a living, or simply have a little time to themselves without the challenges of caring for the kids. Recently a California grandmother was out walking with her young granddaughter and another young relative when an unthinkable incident occurred.
Texting while you're behind the wheel is illegal and dangerous. Every time you look away from the roads, you're leaving yourself open to getting into an accident. When you look away, you may not see a vehicle stop ahead of you, cross the center lane or lose control of your vehicle after striking an object in the road.
A car accident can cause stress and confusion in the life of a Stockton resident. Even if the victim does not suffer injuries from the car collision, they still must deal with the trauma of a near-disaster and the potential for significant damage to their property. This post will discuss in brief some of the steps a person can take after a motor vehicle accident in order to preserve their chances of pursuing compensation for their losses.