The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2011, 3,300 people were killed and 416,000 people injured in traffic crashes involving distracted drivers. Texting accidents account for nearly 20% of all fatal crashes, making driving and texting 300% more dangerous than drunk driving.
These alarming facts should be enough to motivate legislators to create a national law that prohibits texting and driving. But so far, anti-texting laws have been created only on the state level. California’s no-texting law prohibits all drivers, including school bus drivers, from texting while driving.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created an online directory that provides valuable links to a variety of firms and organizations that produce educational and outreach activities to educate consumers about technology available to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents.
When our law firm is retained to investigate a traffic accident anywhere in the State of California, one of the first things our lawyers do is determine if any of the drivers were texting or using smartphones at the time of the collision. More and more often we have found that texting or talking on a cellphone has been a cause of the accident or a contributing factor.
As a car accident lawyer in Sacramento, we are dedicated to helping those who have been injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident obtain compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering–for injuries ranging from sprains and strains to fractures and, sadly, death.
If you need legal help following a traffic accident, please call our law firm today at (916) 457-5022 to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. We offer free initial consultations and handle accidents across Northern California. We are ready to help you.