Heightened Risk In CA From Drivers Posting Selfies While Driving

Texting and driving remains a very serious problem in California. Recent studies show that the number of drivers using phones and electronic devices behind the wheel is increasing statewide. Now, additional research shows that California drivers lead the nation in another particularly dangerous form of distracted driving: taking photos while behind the wheel.

An independent auto insurance news and information website recently conducted a study of over 70,000 posts on the popular photography social media app Instagram. Their analysis found that a disturbing number of drivers, particularly young people, are using their phones to take pictures while driving, and then posting their "driving selfies" to social media.

In fact, the study found that drivers in California are more likely to engage in this dangerous behavior than drivers in any other state. Ironically, California is one of only 14 states in the country that has instituted a total ban on the use of mobile devices while operating a vehicle. This study shows that more must be done in order to raise awareness about the dangers of using mobile devices to text, post to social media, or make phone calls, while driving.

Using a mobile device while driving greatly inhibits the driver's ability to concentrate on the road and react to immediate hazards; it even limits their ability to stay in the correct lane. Researchers have also pointed out that even drivers that talk on the phone while looking at the road can suffer from a condition known as "inattention blindness."

Inattention blindness is a condition where drivers will see objects in their environment, but are unable to process or react to these objects in real time. This condition can cause drivers to "look [at], but fail to see, up to 50 percent of the information in their driving environment."

Being a responsible, engaged motorist means not only keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, but also keeping your mind on the task of driving. When drivers are thinking about a conversation on the phone, or any other external distraction, they lose the ability to react immediately to potential dangers. This greatly increases the risk of being involved in a car accident.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, we remind all drivers to please keep your phones and mobile devices turned off or safely stowed away until you arrive safely at your destination. If all California drivers focus on driving and avoid distractions, it would greatly reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents in California.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent or distracted driver, call Del Rio & Carichoff. When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Sacramento Car Accident attorneys absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you and fight hard to ensure your rights are protected.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, you will never pay an attorney's fee up front. In fact, you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. We will pursue your case with compassion and dedication and work to secure the fair compensation you deserve.


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