Distracted Driving Accidents

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Dangerous Forms of Driver Distraction

Safely operating a motor vehicle is an act that requires full attention and nothing less. Every driver who has a license must have taken training and practice courses that enforce the importance of focus and deliberate driving habits. Drivers who allow themselves to become distracted should assume full liability for any resulting accidents, as they arguably knew fully that distracted driving is unacceptable and extremely hazardous.

Common forms of driver distraction are:

  • Conversing with passengers
  • Adjusting the radio or GPS
  • Using a smartphone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Personal grooming
  • Reading a billboard

Our San Jose car accident attorneys use the extent of our abilities and resources to pinpoint liability in your case. If you have any reason to suspect the other driver in your crash was distracted at the time of the accident, please let us know so we can look into it.

Three Forms of Driver Distraction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated research to understanding distracted driving in order to help spread awareness and learn how to better stop it. Through its studies, it has determined that there are three distinct forms of driver distraction. A driver experiencing just one of these distraction forms will have an increased chance of getting into an accident.

The CDC categorizes driver distraction into three forms:

  • Visual: Something that takes the driver’s eyes off the road or mirrors.
  • Manual: Something that takes the driver’s hands off the steering wheel, gear shift, or clutch.
  • Cognitive: Something that takes the driver’s mind off the task of driving.

The National Safety Council has also estimated that cognitive distractions last up to 30 seconds longer than the actual occurrence that triggers them. For example, seeing a billboard makes a driver think of the billboard, not driving. The NSC research suggests the driver will continue thinking about that billboard for upwards of 30 seconds.

Cellphone Use is Highly Distracting

Smartphone use behind the wheel is particularly dangerous as it engages the driver in all three forms of distractions aforementioned. Despite the clear danger, the use of cellular phones while driving has continues to rise throughout United States. A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that approximately 85% of cellphone users talk on the phone while driving.

There is a lot of controversy about whether or not hands-free cell phones will reduce the amount of cell phone accidents because many people feel that the conversation on the phone is the distraction, not necessarily the holding of the phone. National Safety Council (NSC) research has indicated that hands-free devices, like built-in speaker systems or Bluetooth attachments, do not reduce a driver’s chances of causing a crash.

Seek the Compensation You Deserve

As an injured victim of a distracted driver accident you have the right to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver, holding them responsible for your injuries, damages, medical expenses, lost wages, and more. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our San Jose car accident lawyers have the experience, skill, and dedication to represent even the most challenging cell phone accident cases.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver accident in California, please contact our San Jose car accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP to discuss your car accident case.

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