California drivers may not be talking as much as they used to on their cellphones while driving. However, drivers are still using their phones in other distracting ways. Recent research shows that nearly half of observed drivers were texting and sending emails. The study was conducted when drivers had stopped their vehicles while waiting for the traffic lights to turn green. A detailed report was made public by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Senior research scientist David Kidd, who is one of the study's authors, mentioned that drivers are still using their cellphones while driving. He added that the ways in which they are using their phones are even riskier than talking while driving. He also said that the study is significant because data indicates that drivers cause more car crashes when they manipulate their cellphones. Current studies show that fatal highway accidents take place 66 percent more often when drivers text or send emails.
Most of these accidents do not occur while drivers are talking on their cellphones. In addition, the study renders a dire warning that drivers do not accurately comprehend road conditions if they are engaged in using their cellphones. Whether sending a text, using an app or talking on the phone, a distracted driver does not pay attention to driving conditions.
A person who has incurred a traumatic brain injury, a state of permanent paralysis or another serious medical condition caused by a distracted driver may have a legitimate lawsuit. Costa Mesa auto accident injury lawyers want victims of negligence to know that victims have specific legal rights. By working with a personal injury attorney, the victim may be able to receive a court award or an out-of-court settlement.