Posted by Chris Purcell on November 28, 2012
The state of California and the nation as a whole are experiencing an alarming trend regarding cell phone-related distracted driving. Collisions that occur because someone is distracted while talking on their phone are not “accidents”. They are the results of a choice made by that driver. A choice to put everyone else’s safety at risk so that they could have a conversation.
I am an auto accident lawyer and I handle cases in which family members or individuals have experienced serious injury or loss of life due to distracted driving of others. I created this infographic to help educate drivers on the troubling statistics behind cell phone use while driving.
For example, the National Safety Council estimates that 23% of auto accidents in the United States involve cell phone use. That statistic alone accounts for over 1 million crashes annually. According to the California Office of Traffic & Safety, 1 in 11 drivers in California operate their vehicles while talking or texting, even with cell phone-driving convictions in the state having increased sharply.
A number of organizations are working to put an end to distracted driving. EndDD.org works to save lives and promote safe driving by promoting guest speakers, informational articles and other educational materials to the public. The US Government operates the website distraction.gov, which addresses distracted driving by providing facts, research, laws, and FAQ about mobile phone use while driving and more.
Please share this infographic and these helpful websites with your friends and loved ones who are of driving age. If you, or someone close to you, is involved in a collision due to another driver’s negligence, you may contact me here for a free and confidential consultation.