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As our legislation has moved forward to protect it's citizens and all drivers on the road with laws against texting, the public has become more and more careless about texting and driving.
I am amazed at how often I see people driving and texting, driving and eating, driving and shaving, driving and doing their makeup, etc. Do not get me wrong, we are all guilty of at least one of these.
My greatest concern and what should be the greatest concern for all those who take the road, is that you understand the responsibility and privilege you have been given by being allowed to drive.
By being able to operate a motor vehicle, the State of California is entrusting each individual with driving a 2000 pound plus steel object; that should be taken more seriously than I believe people are taking it.
I recall when I was first starting to learn to drive a car how petrified my parents were, and how they would flinch, grab the door handle, and hit that imaginary brake below their feet.
My dad always told me, "Driving a car is like holding a loaded gun." I truly believe this to be true. The damage that someone can do to another individual with a car can be devastating and life changing, just like shooting another person can be.
I would like to share with you some interesting facts in regards to texting or being distracted while driving:
- Almost 25% of auto collisions involved the use of a cell phone, which resulted in 1.3 million crashes.
- The minimum amount of time your attention is away from the road when you are texting and driving is 5 seconds! Meaning that if you are traveling 55 MPH, you have driven the length of a football field without looking at the road.
- Text Messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely!!!!!!
- The number of people killed everyday due to accidents that involved the driver being distracted as a result of eating, texting, or using a cell phone is 9! Even one person killed by this is too many!
Comparison of Texting to being Drunk
- Texting while driving results in you being 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated! (Accident Lawyer of California is not advocating you drink alcohol and drive or texting and driving at all!)
- Driving while texting equates to driving after having 4 beers.
I hope you all take these statistics very seriously and realize the importance of not texting and driving, and taking responsibility for the safety of yourselves, those in your car, and the others you share the roadway with.
As we all know, there are laws against texting and driving in California. However, they are clearly not being taken seriously. People still text and drive, use their cellphone without a Bluetooth connection or hands free device.
I believe that it is time for there to be more serious action taken to prevent anyone from being able to text and drive. For example, installing some type of software in all phones that will not allow you to use your typing feature for text messaging while the vehicle is moving or when the car has been started, and that cannot be deactivated by the telephone user.
I believe that more severe punishment or fines should be given to those who text and drive or surf the internet and drive, while on Facebook or using Snapchat while operating a car.
Driving is an exercise in trust for all those around us, therefore, we should take the privilege seriously and our lives and the lives of others just as seriously as holding a gun to another persons head, with the ability to pull the trigger.
I am not willing to risk the lives of my family or anyone to send a text message or check a status, when all that can wait a few minutes or even an hour. Not checking a message or a Facebook status is not the end of the world, however, causing injury or death to yourself or others on the road very well could be.
We at Accident Lawyer of California strive to help those victims who have suffered from the negligence of others that results in a personal injury auto accident.
By: Aryan Barza, Esq. Accident Lawyer of California, P.C.