Distracted Driving Is Increasingly An Issue In California

Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. While prohibited by law, drivers often engage in bad behaviors such as texting, talking on the phone or eating while driving. If you were hurt in a car accident due to another individual's distracted driving, call our San Jose car accident attorneys right away for counsel.

Were you the victim of a distracted driver? The attorneys at Shea & Shea - A Professional Law Corporation can help. Call our experienced motor vehicle accident firm today at (408) 292-2434.

What Can Constitute A Distraction?

Anything that diverts a driver's attention from the road can quickly lead to a car accident. While some behaviors are simply not encouraged, others, such as talking on the phone or texting, are strictly prohibited by law.

Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a cellphone
  • Talking to a passenger
  • Tuning a car radio
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle
  • Looking at an object outside the vehicle
  • Reading
  • Applying makeup

Texting behind the wheel is by far the most dangerous activity and distraction to California drivers. Texting commands the eyes, concentration and manual focus of a driver all at once and can delay reaction times in drivers almost as much a driver with a blood alcohol of .08 percent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that texting while driving makes a car crash about 23 times more likely than attentive driving.

Is Texting While Driving Really That Dangerous?

When accidents occur and serious personal injury is the result, the offending drivers often contend that their messaging "only took a few seconds."

Looking at the driver's statement from a scientific vantage point, the cause of the accident becomes clear. Accident reconstruction experts across the country use the same basic formula to convert miles per hour into feet per second. Using the defendant driver's statement, the experts can determine how far the offending vehicle traveled with the driver's attention somewhere other than the road.

Consider these examples: A car traveling 35 mph is also traveling 51 feet per second. In three seconds, the car has traveled half of a football field. Place that same texting driver at 50 mph, and the car is traveling 74 feet per second; in the same three seconds at this speed, the car has traveled 222 feet with the driver not paying attention to the road. At freeway speeds of 65 mph, the car is traveling 96 feet per second or 289 feet in those three seconds. The fact that texting or emailing drivers are causing so many major accidents with severe and catastrophic injuries is easy to understand using these basic principles of accident reconstruction.

Call Our Firm For Seasoned Legal Counsel

A distracted driver who causes an accident is liable for damages to you if you were injured, whether you were in another vehicle, on a motorcycle or a pedestrian crossing the street. The car accident attorneys at Shea & Shea can take the guilty party to court. In some cases, we may have to take the other driver's insurance company or your own to court if it refuses to pay full compensation.

Our law firm, available by phone at (408) 292-2434, can do whatever it takes to bring you restitution for any injuries you may have suffered in an accident. This can go beyond covering your hospital bills, including damages like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss your injuries, email us today.