Texting & Driving Causes Fatal Accident Involving Father and Son Cyclists
A tragic scene unfolded in Sacramento this past weekend when a father and son out for a Sunday morning bike ride were struck by a distracted driver. The accident, which took place in the early morning of Sunday, July 12th on Edison Avenue, left the father fatally injured and his eight-year-old son in critical condition at a local hospital. The driver of the car stayed at the scene to meet with Police, and admitted that he was distracted by a text message when the accident took place.
Police are still investigating, but their initial reports indicate that the father and son had just left their apartment building and were riding in the bike lane on Edison Avenue in Sacramento when a car veered in front of them, striking both riders. The father, age 33, was killed and his eight-year-old son sustained life-threatening injuries.
Adding to the tragedy is that both victims had arrived in the United States from Afghanistan only 10 days before the accident took place. The father, Mustafa, worked with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan and had just arrived in America with his family hoping to flee the violent situation in his home country. Their story is now another terrible example of the damage that a texting & driving can cause in just the blink of an eye.
Despite numerous campaigns to prosecute distracted drivers and cut down on the use of phones and mobile devices behind the wheel, this negligent and dangerous behavior remains a very serious problem on California's roads and highways. Here are some statistics that demonstrate just how serious the issue of distracted driving is in California, and throughout the U.S:
• According to the
Center for Disease Control,
9 people are killed and 1,153 more are injured in the U.S every day from accidents that involve a distracted driver.
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 660,000 motorists are using cell phones or handheld electronic devices behind the wheel at any given moment across the U.S.
•A 2013 survey of California drivers found that nearly 70% of motorists in the state said they had been hit, or nearly hit, by a driver that was distracted by their phone.
• That same 2013 survey also found that while more than 36% of California drivers believed that distracted driving posed the biggest threat to safety on the road, more than 45% admitted to making a driving mistake while talking or texting on a cell phone.
The California Highway Patrol and local Police departments have launched numerous campaigns warning motorists of the dangers of texting and driving. Unfortunately, while it appears to have raised awareness about the dangerous nature of distracted driving, it is clear that far too many drivers are still using their phones or mobile devices behind the wheel and causing serious harm to themselves and others.
At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident law firm, we urge all of our clients, friends and neighbors to keep your phone away until you arrive safely at your destination. Reading a text, answering a call or responding to an email while operating a vehicle is not worth the risk.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted, intoxicated or reckless driver, trust Del Rio & Carichoff to handle your serious injury case with the utmost dedication and compassion.
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