Losing a loved one or compromising your physical and mental health should never result from something as ridiculous and self-serving as a meaningless text typed while driving. And yet, in 2013, of the surveyed drivers in California, almost 70 percent claimed to have been hit or come close to being hit by a driver using a cell phone.
Even further, in the same year, 45 percent of drivers admittedly made mistakes while driving and talking on a cell phone. With this knowledge, talking on a cell phone is still an illegal but almost accepted everyday norm. And while around 70 percent of California residents that were surveyed claimed to believe a hands-free device is safer than a hand-held, research demonstrates that the variance in risk is inconsequential.
Perhaps one day, vehicles will be dead zones and texting and talking on cell phones while driving will be a thing of the past. But for now, utilizing a cell phone is thought to be one of the most dangerous examples of distracted driving and those who do so not only put the occupants of their own cars at risk, they also put everyone else on the roadway at risk too.
If you are suffering due to another’s inability to hang up and drive, you may benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney who is well-versed in car accidents, particularly those involving distracted driving. You are likely facing a bevy of expenses as fallout from the accident as well as lost wages or an unexpected loss of income. If you have lost a loved one, you know the cost of a funeral can be staggering. If you are injured, the cost of medical care and subsequent rehabilitation and potential therapy is immense. Remember, you didn’t cause the accident and you should never have to pay for it. Allow your attorney to go after the compensation you deserve.