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No one should drive while distracted. No one can reasonably claim that they do not understand this message. Despite the fact that advocacy groups have spent countless hours and dollars attempting to raise awareness with regards to distracted driving, too many people still engage in this conduct. Many states even have laws against distracted driving. Many of these laws specifically deal with the use of cell phones while behind the wheel. However, according to the federal government, at any given time during the day approximately 660,000 drivers are manipulating their cell phones while behind the wheel. This needs to change and change quickly, as people are going to continue to be injured and killed if too many people are not paying attention to the road. The last thing any driver needs is more distraction.
That’s why some states have laws that prevent inexperienced drivers from driving with anyone other than a guardian in the vehicle. As it turns out, it may actually be a benefit when people are in a vehicle with a driver. That’s the conclusion drawn by a study that was done by AT&T recently. According to that study, distracted driving becomes less prevalent when a driver is accompanied by someone else. Those interested in reading or watching a news story covering the study can find it here. The study found the following:
The study is part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, which is designed to continue to raise awareness with regards to the dangers of distracted driving.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, over 420,000 people are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers every year. 3,000 people die every year as well. In addition:
The problem of distracted driving is still extremely serious and prevalent despite all of the efforts to bring about awareness of this dangerous decision.
A motorist can prevent distraction by way of a cell phone if he or she takes a few simple steps. A few of these steps include:
We support the “It Can Wait” campaign. We hope that it leads to a drastic downturn in the number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Unfortunately, no campaign will completely eliminate this dangerous decision. If you are harmed by a distracted driver, contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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