Auto Accidents Due to Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a growing and deadly epidemic threatening our roads, and more importantly, threatening our safety.
At The Law Offices of George Salinas, we would like to call attention to this dangerous trend that has affected so many of our clients. There are three types of distracted driving – manual, visual, and cognitive. With the explosion of smartphones and mobile apps, cell phones are a special brand of distracted driving that involve all three categories – manual, visual, and cognitive.
Each year, over 400,000 people are injured due to distracted driving. One out of four accidents is caused by distracted driving involving cell phones. 16% of fatalities in collisions are attributed to distracted driving. It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind has left the road for an accident to occur. The average text message takes five seconds to read. Studies have shown that distracted latency, the period of time your mind is not focused on driving, typically lasts 27 seconds.
Do the math. Reading one text is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour, with your eyes off the road. One text increases crashing by six times. Every day in the US, more than eight people are killed in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver.
At The Law Offices of George Salinas, we see the deadly consequences of distracted driving every day. As nationally recognized personal injury lawyers, we fight for our clients seeking compensation when they’re harmed by distracted drivers. It’s one type of case we hope we never see again. How can we make our roads safer? Set an example. 90% of us know distracted driving is dangerous, but many of us still do it.
It’s time to stop. Your life is worth more than answering a text message