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When You Pick Up the Wheel, Put Down the Phone – The Statistics Do Not Lie when it Comes to Distracted Driving and Cell Phones


There is no question that technology has made most aspects of all of our lives easier. From ordering food online through apps like UberEats and GrubHub, to checking bank transactions, connecting with people more rapidly than ever before through social media platforms, and being readily available wherever and whenever, cell phones enable us to use technology to make our lives convenient and, we believe, safer. However, cell phones also pose a very dangerous risk when drivers use cell phones while driving and become distracted on the road. But how dangerous is distracted driving in Palmdale and throughout the United States? The statistics do not lie. To help Palmdale drivers better understand just how deadly distracted driving, specifically by cell phones, can be, we provide the following information.

A Public Problem Exacerbated by Many

According to Forbes online, although nearly all drivers (96%) who responded to a recent AAA survey believe that “texting or emailing while driving is a serious or very serious threat to their safety”, a surprisingly large number of drivers, a whopping 39%, still admit that in the month prior, they had read an email or text while operating a vehicle. Roughly extrapolated, the data from the AAA survey indicates that at any one time, a Palmdale driver could be driving with nearly 40% of other drivers being distracted at one time or another by their cell phones. Even more frightening, according to Forbes, “studies show that using your phone to send a text while driving can have the same effect on your reaction time as drinking four beers in an hour and then driving.” This means that a large number of drivers on the road may be as good as intoxicated while they are driving.

The public perception about cell phone dangers is, of course, not unwarranted. According to Forbes, 13% of distracted driving accidents that ended in fatalities involved the use of a cell phone while driving. In addition, in 2020, around 29,999 car accidents were caused by distracted driving due to the use of a cell phone. When it comes to texting alone, the data also suggests that at least one person is killed by texting and driving per day. In 2020 alone, 396 people were killed “as a direct result of accidents caused by texting and driving.” In sum, using a cell phone while driving is a deadly game, and drivers should avoid using the cell phone until they have stopped operating their vehicles.

Justice for Palmdale Car Accident Victims

If you were injured in a car accident in Palmdale due to another driver’s distracted driving, it is important to learn about your rights and options to compensation under California personal injury laws. The experienced Palmdale car accident lawyers at the Trevino Law Firm offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your case and to see if they can help fight for you. Contact the Trevino Law Firm today and speak to a lawyer about your case for free.



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