It is almost too commonplace these days to see drivers on the roadways in California who are not solely focused on the task of driving. They are, instead, also looking at their smartphones, among other distractions. The danger this presents, both to those individuals who are engaged in distracted conduct behind the wheel as well as the other drivers and passengers on the roads, is obvious. Car accidents are incredibly common in California and throughout the nation.
But, as it turns out, the danger of distracted drivers may be more prevalent than any of us ever realized. One study, according to a recent report, found that about 90% of the drivers questioned admitted to using their smartphones while driving. Even worse, of the vast majority of drivers who admitted to knowing that engaging in distracted conduct while driving is dangerous, about one-third of them admitted to engaging in the conduct anyways.
Distracted driving has been at the top of the list when it comes to public safety concerns on the roadways, in California and many other states. Public and private awareness efforts to curb the conduct may be helping, but studies like the one noted in the recent report show that, perhaps, the problem is here to stay.
When California residents are injured in car accidents that were caused by other drivers, they may have personal injury legal options to explore. When distracted drivers cause accidents that lead to injuries, they need to be held accountable. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help California residents examine their legal options in these situations, please visit the personal injury overview section of our website.