Distracted Driving Archives - The Law Office of WT Johnson Blog
We, as a society, have come to depend on our electronic gadgets and gizmos to remind us of everything from birthdays to business meetings, and of course, to keep up our social connections. Read the rest »
The one thing all fourteen accidents had in common? Every one of them was caused by a distracted human driver – not by the computer responsible for operating the Google vehicle.
Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), dating back to at least 2008, have consistently shown the dangers posed by distracted driving. Drivers who are busy texting, making phone calls, eating, or performing other tasks behind the wheel are more likely to cause serious injuries to other motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
Now, studies are showing that distracted drivers risk the lives of others in another way: by being less likely to notice an oncoming emergency vehicle or to get out of the way quickly. Read the rest »
Distracted driving causes thousands of car wrecks in Texas and nationwide each year, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and experienced Texas car accident lawyers are determined to inform the public and reduce risks.
The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Cell phone use and texting are well-known distractions, but eating and drinking, changing the radio station, having conversations, or watching things other than what is outside the vehicle can also cause distraction.
Here are five key facts and statistics to know about distracted driving:
- Distracted driving crash deaths dropped 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, but about 3,000 more injuries were reported in 2013 than in 2012. Read the rest »
And cell phones are only part of the problem, as many experienced Texas distracted driving accident attorneys know. When other sources of distraction, such as reading a map, listening to loud music, or having your attention diverted by other passengers are accounted for, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over nine people die and 1,153 people are injured every single day in a distracted driving accident. In 2011, one in every five crashes involved a distracted driver, according to the CDC. Read the rest »
Experienced Texas car accident attorneys have long known that smartphone use in cars is a leading cause of distracted driving accidents, often resulting in death and serious injury to motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Most U.S. states have responded to these risks by limiting smartphone use in cars, and both tech companies and auto manufacturers have tried to find ways to reduce the risks while still making the phones’ features available to customers.
Now, San Francisco-based tech company Navdy is marketing a heads-up display (HUD) that the company claims will aid in attempts to make smartphone access safer for drivers. The company plans to put the devices in stores in 2015. But researchers say that the evidence demonstrating that these devices are “safer” is shaky at best. Read the rest »
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