If you’ve driven in the Sacramento area lately, or anywhere else for that matter, you’ve likely noticed a number of motorists looking down at their phones while behind the wheel. Despite numerous public safety initiatives and laws aimed at ensuring attentiveness while operating a motor vehicle, the sad truth of the matter is that distracted driving, especially texting and driving, continues to be a major concern in California. Making matters worse, those who operate their vehicles while distracted can put innocent motorists in harm’s way.
So just how dangerous is distracted driving? Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding motor vehicle accidents in 2016 revealed that nearly 3,500 people were killed as a direct result of accidents caused by distracted driving. Nearly 400,000 people were injured in 2015 due to this type of driving. One reason distracted driving is dangerous is the great distances that can be travelled within a short period of time. This means that a motorist who takes his or her eyes off of the road for a mere five seconds while traveling at 55 miles per hour can traverse the span of a football field without seeing what is happening on the road in front of him or her. Many motorists take their eyes off the road for more than five seconds and while traveling at much higher rates of speed.
It is estimated that over 480,000 motorists use their cellphones while driving during daylight hours. This means that any given time during the day, Sacramento-area residents are at risk of being involved in serious accident caused by distracted drivers.
Those who are harmed in these types of wrecks can suffer severe damages, including physical pain and suffering, emotional turmoil and financial losses in the form of medical expenses and lost wages. Although these losses can be difficult to cope with, motor vehicle accident victims may be able to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.