Approximately 24 percent of all traffic collisions involve a driver distracted by cell phone use, according to new study results released by the National Safety Council. The safety organization’s report goes on to offer suggestions for reducing the number of distracted driver related motor vehicle accidents by utilizing advanced law enforcement techniques in conjunction with legislation banning the use of cell phones while driving, and business and cultural restrictions on the use of handheld communication devices while behind the wheel.
Three years ago, the National Safety Council suggested that all kinds of cell phone use should be prohibited while behind the wheel of a moving automobile, and the newly released report offers support for that suggestion. In the report, titled State of the Nation of Cell Phone Distracted Driving, estimates than more than one million motor vehicle collisions can be linked to the use of portable communication devices by at least one of the drivers involved. Three percent of all traffic accidents, the report estimates, involve a driver who was composing or reading a text message at the time of the collision.
As a personal injury attorney in Sacramento, I have seen the damage that drivers can do when they stop focusing on the road ahead of them. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, please consider discussing your legal rights with a car accident lawyer in Sacramento.