Numerous factors can lead to
car accidents – from disregarding road signs to recklessly speeding through intersections,
to failing to pay attention to others on the road. But one of the top
fears of California motorists when it comes to concerns regarding car accidents is
driver distraction. In fact, San Francisco drivers worry more that their fellow drivers are
texting or talking on their cell phones than that they have been drinking.
According to a California Office of Traffic Safety
distracted driving survey, California drivers rank "distracted driving" as one of the
biggest safety worries – a bigger concern that
drunk driving, speeding or tailgating. About 39% of those interviewed were concerned
about cell phone usage and car accidents, a dramatic increase from last
year's statistics. Distracted driving includes such activities as
texting while driving and non-hands free cell phone usage while driving.
Those who are concerned about these activities have good reason. Statistics
reveal that driver distraction is the root cause of between 25 and 50%
of all accidents. If you have been in an accident as the result of distracted
driving it is important to consult with an experienced San Francisco personal
injury attorney promptly in order to begin investigating the incident
and answer your car accident questions.
Accidents arising from distracted driving are not uncommon. According to
the survey, it is surprising more don't occur. 45.8% of drivers report
that they have made driving errors while talking on their cell phone and
60.1% say they have "been hit or nearly hit" by drivers who
were distracted by texting or talking.
Despite laws prohibiting texting while driving and requiring hands-free
cellphone usage, many California drivers ignore these laws. One Alameda
County sheriff notes "I see drivers on their cellphones every day.
It's as if the laws don't even exist." Currently, the cost
of a ticket is around $159.
For more information or if you have been in a distracted driving accident,
contact the San Francisco injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP
for a free consultation.