Distracted Driving is a Growing Problem Among California Drivers

The bottom line is: please don't text & drive! A recent study conducted by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) found that the number of drivers using phones and electronic devices behind the wheel is increasing statewide. Compared to data collected in 2015, this study found that a significantly higher number of California motorists are manipulating hand held phones or other electronic devices behind the wheel.

According to OTS researchers, 7.6% of all drivers that were observed during the study were distracted by an electronic device. That figure is up from only 5.4% last year. Among teenage drivers, the increase in driver distraction was even greater. In 2016, 6.5% of teenage drivers were observed driving while distracted, compared to only 3.5% last year.

New technology is making it easier and more tempting for drivers to take their eyes off the road to send a text message, answer an email or post to social media. However, the dangers of Distracted Driving are now greater than ever before. Here are some troubling statistics about Distracted Driving in the U.S.:

• Nationwide, more than 3,100 motorists were fatally injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2014.
• More than 431,000 drivers were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2014.
10% of all fatal car accidents and 18% of all crashes resulting in injuries were reported as "distraction-affected" in 2014.

Despite the growing number of distracted drivers on California's roads and highways, the California Highway Patrol issued 40% fewer tickets for distracted driving than they did in 2012. According to police, motorists have become better at hiding their mobile phone use, making it harder to issue citations and catch distracted drivers in the act. Law enforcement officials are exploring new ways to discourage this dangerous and selfish driver behavior.

At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident law firm, we want to do our part to help all California drivers arrive safely at their destinations. Please, keep your phones and mobile devices turned off or safely stored in your bag, pocket or glove compartment until you arrive at your destination.

If you have an important email or phone call that needs to be answered, find a safe place to pull over and park before you use your phone. No call, email or text message is worth risking your safety, as well as the safety of everyone around you.

If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a car accident you need the protection of Del Rio & Carichoff. Call us today to 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. And we don't get paid until you do. It's that simple.


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