Jan 3, 2023
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and organizations like the American Automobile Association (AAA) are working to highlight the dangers of risky behavior such as texting while behind the wheel. This year’s theme for Distracted Driving Awareness Month offered by the AAA is:
As the AAA notes:
Whether it’s texting, calling, navigating, or something else, using your cellphone while driving can be dangerous. In fact, texting and driving can have the same consequences as drinking and driving: deaths and injuries. Help reduce the number of these preventable tragedies by putting down your phone – because lives depend on it. You don’t drive intoxicated, so don’t drive intexticated.
With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) has put together some important statistics for 2022. We’ll also review some tips for avoiding distracted driving car accidents and look at how to file a claim to recover financial compensation after a motor vehicle crash injury.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts attention from driving. Some common examples of distracted driving include:
In general, types of distracted driving can fall into one of three categories:
The vast majority of people have engaged in distracted driving at one time or another. However, because many individuals participate in distracted driving but do not suffer major consequences, few effective deterrents exists to curb these dangerous habits. But statistics prove that distracted driving is a significant problem that leads to thousands of senseless deaths every year.
The NHTSA confirms the following information:
The following statistics are confirmed via insurance comparison site The Zebra. The company’s findings are based on a 2021 survey conducted with a random sample of American drivers:
Other behaviors which survey takers admitted to engaging in include:
The Zebra survey also looked into how many Americans view distracted driving as either dangerous or not. The findings indicate the following:
Data compiled by the Transport Research Laboratory found that “writing a text message slows driver reactions by 35%, while drinking alcohol up to the legal limit slows reactions by 12%.” Nevertheless, many Americans are still unconvinced that drunk driving is more dangerous than driving while distracted, according to The Zebra.
When comparing distracted driving to drunk driving, the following statistics are worth noting:
For additional information on how the dangers of texting and driving compare to those of drunk driving, please visit DLG’s in-depth blog.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the nation’s roads and highways are more dangerous now than in recent years. As the NSC notes, auto-related deaths are up 9% as mileage rebounded in 2021 from the COVID-19 pandemic, and an average of eight people are killed and hundreds more injured every day in distraction-related crashes.
The National Safety Council (NSC) provided preliminary semiannual estimates for motor vehicle crashes in 2021, which included the following statistics:
1. Focus on the road/your driving:
Before driving, it’s important to consciously commit to focusing all of your attention on the road and not letting distractions interfere. While behind the wheel, it’s recommended to always drive defensively – actively scanning the road, using your mirrors, and watching out for others (including pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooters).
2. Make adjustments before you begin driving:
Ensure your vehicle navigation system (GPS) is programmed before beginning a journey. Additionally, it’s important to check and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems before driving.
3. Ensure children and pets are secured within the vehicle:
Securing all items before driving – including children, pets, and belongings – is an important safety tip. Doing so can help ensure that the driver does not have to reach for an object (and take his or her eyes off the road in the process).
4. Finish eating, dressing, and personal grooming at home:
Avoid eating, looking in the vanity mirror, applying makeup, or doing anything behind the wheel that may take your focus away from driving.
5. Remove the potential for electronic distractions:
While it’s legal to use a cellphone with a handsfree device behind the wheel in California, it’s strongly recommended that drivers only make calls in emergencies. Furthermore, it’s important to remember to never use text or send emails while driving.
If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving car accident, you may wish to file a civil claim to recover critical financial compensation. The most common examples of distracted driving car accident damages that may be sought in civil lawsuits are broken down below according to type.
Common California Distracted Driving Car Accident Economic Damages:
Common California Distracted Driving Car Accident Non-Economic Damages:
Hiring a DLG car accident lawyer can help ensure your personal injury claim is maximized, and that you recover all applicable damages after an incident due to negligence. Our Car Accident Division is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve.
To learn more about how important it can be to have an experienced DLG California car accident lawyer handling your distracted driving case, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.
Proving liability in a California distracted driving car accident case requires skill and experience in order to secure the maximum financial compensation you need to make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially. Fighting to recover intangible and hard to quantify damages such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma can be challenging, and that’s where DLG’s experienced car accident injury lawyers can help.
We have the proven results you need for peace of mind throughout every step of the car accident claims process. We won’t settle for anything less than a maximum financial damages payout for your distracted driving car accident injury lawsuit.
Hiring a DLG car accident lawyer to handle your injury claim can be in your overall best interest for a number of reasons. In fact, personal injury victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims.
For example, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following personal injury claim statistics:
With DLG, your distracted driving car accident injury consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve distracted driving car accident injury clients throughout California as well as the United States.
Some of the local areas DLG serves include:
Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.
DLG’s founder and president, Sam Dordulian, has secured over 100 jury trial victories throughout his decorated career. And our team of dedicated attorneys has expansive experience successfully litigating major car accident cases. We will fight hard to obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
It’s important to file your car accident injury claim as soon as possible. We will work with medical experts and other investigative professionals to gather and preserve crucial evidence that will strengthen your distracted driving car accident injury case.
DLG’s Los Angeles distracted driving car accident lawyers have secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for clients while maintaining a 98% success record. With our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, there is never any upfront cost for our expert car accident legal representation, and you never pay a dime until we successfully secure a maximum financial damages award for your claim.
Contact a DLG Los Angeles, California, car accident lawyer today at 818-322-4056 to arrange for a free consultation.
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