FREE CONSULTATION916.921.6400

Distracted Driving and Vehicle Automation

Distracted Driving and Vehicle Automation

Distracted Driving and Vehicle Automation

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. New research has found a correlation between distracted driving and vehicle automation. The study revealed that when vehicle automation usage, particularly cruise control, cell phone use increases as well. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology released results concluding that when cruise control is on, drivers were more likely to use their mobile devices for apps, e-mails or text more than 10 percent of the time.

Distracted Driving

Any task that diverts the attention of an individual away from driving is considered a distraction. These distractions may include eating while driving, talking on a cell phone, adjusting the stereo, using a navigation system or sending a text message. In California, a ticket specifically for texting or talking on your cell phone can cost you $161.

How to Avoid Texting and Driving

As drivers, we should all understand that driving while distracted is dangerous. There is nothing so important that is worth risking your life and the lives of others on the road. Some sound ways you can ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers from distracted driving include:

  • Turning your cell phone on “silent”;
  • Completely shutting off your cell phone;
  • Putting your cell phone out of reach (i.e. the center console, glove box or trunk);
  • Downloading an app that prohibits you from texting and driving, like SafeDrive and Drive Safe Mode, both apps which are recommended by Verizon Wireless.

Distracting Driving Statistics

  • Approximately 3,450 individuals lost their lives in distracted driving accidents in 2016. This accounted for about 9.2 percent of the total deaths reported that same year (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration);
  • Between the years of 2007 to 2015, nearly sixty percent of traffic accidents involved some type of distracted behavior in the six seconds leading up to a collision (according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety);
  • Of the 2,443,000 total traffic accident injuries reported in 2015, approximately sixteen percent (391,000) were attributed to distracted driving (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
  • Younger drivers were found more likely to text while driving and to talk on cell phones in comparison to older drivers. In a 2016 study, cell phone use was found most predominant among drivers ages twenty-one to twenty-nine followed by drivers sixteen to twenty years of age (according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

Common Injuries in Distracted Driving Accidents

The types of injuries sustained in a distracted driving accident can vary from the area of impact, speed traveled by both vehicles and other factors. Some of the more serious injuries that may arise following these accidents are as follows:

  • Bone fractures are common in the arm, hand, hip, leg or pelvis. Oftentimes, fracture reduction is required followed by casting and therapy to return strength, flexibility, and motion to the injured limb;
  • Brain and head injuries can range from a concussion to a traumatic brain injury. While some wounds to the brain and head can be treated successfully, they can be capable of causing permanent disability or even death;
  • Spinal Cord Damage like vertebral fractures and slipped or herniated discs may cause extensive physical pain requiring surgery to improve mobility. Loss of sensation and function, such as paralysis, can leave an individual with a permanent disability;
  • Internal Trauma, like abdominal injuries, may be caused by airbag deployment or safety restraints due to the impact of a collision. While some abdominal injuries may be noticed promptly following an accident, such as internal organ damage, others may present themselves immediately like internal bleeding;
  • Loss of life (in some extreme cases).

How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

Getting into a car accident can be an extremely painful and frightening experience. When faced with damages such as medical costs, time lost from work and emotional trauma, it is important to contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Stockton. A skilled attorney can make the difference in explaining what rights you have, investigate further into the facts and evidence of the accident, and communicate effectively with insurance companies to reach a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Stockton Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. Being struck by a distracted driver can result in devastating injuries. If this has happened to you or a loved one, I am here to provide you with free, friendly advice. Contact me any time at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.

Please feel free to look over some of our client ratings and reviews on:

The Million Dollar Advocates recognizes trial lawyers from across the country who have obtained million dollar awards in verdicts or settlements for clients. I am proudly listed as a California member of this forum.

By visiting my Verdicts and Settlements page, you can find information on my past cases and their outcomes.

Image Attribution: By “SplitShire” via Pixabay under CC0 License

:ds [cs 840] cv

Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
    Sincerely,
    ★★★★★
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
    ★★★★★
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
    ★★★★★
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
    ★★★★★
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
    ★★★★★
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.
    ★★★★★