Distracted driving occurs when the operator of a motor vehicle is engaged in an activity that diverts his or her attention from driving. That activity might involve texting, talking on a mobile phone, using an infotainment center, eating or even attending to personal grooming. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about nine people die every day in accidents that are caused by distracted drivers. Another 1,000 are reportedly injured. If you were seriously injured by somebody who was texting and driving anywhere in or around Sacramento County, contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer and Folsom injury lawyer at Black & DePaoli You’ll be able to arrange for a free consultation and case assessment.
As per the Virginia Tech Traffic Safety Institute, texting while driving is the most dangerous driving distraction. In order to operate a vehicle, a driver must use three basic skills. Those involve visual, manual and cognitive tasks. When a driver is texting, all three of those skills are diverted from driving. That’s what makes texting while driving the most dangerous form of distracted driving.
Folsom accident attorney Travis G. Black advises that drivers in California are prohibited from using cellular devices for making or receiving calls or text messages while on a public roadway unless they have a hands free system. Drivers under the age of 18 are even prohibited from using a hands free system.
Contact Sacramento personal injury attorney Black & DePaoli for that free consultation and case assessment as soon as possible after being injured in a motor vehicle accident through the fault of a driver who was texting and driving. We want to know what happened and how your injuries have affected you. We’ll be pleased to answer your questions, and you’ll be advised of all of your legal options under California law.