The family of a 4-year-old girl has filed suit against a San Diego Gas & Electric truck driver claiming that he was driving while talking on a cellular phone when she was hit.
Jaslene Arias was crossing in a crosswalk on Cottonwood Street with another girl and her mother, Ana Herrera Rodriguez, when they were struck on January 22nd. The mother, 39, was killed and both girls were severely injured.
The family is asking for damages to be determined at trial.
Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has answered a text while driving. Cell phones are with us everywhere we go, and they are a major contributor to distracted driving accidents.
But are these types of accidents always reported? No, according to the National Safety Council.
According to a recent investigation of state and federal data, deaths that result from cell phone related accidents are seriously underreported. In a study financed in part by the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, the advocacy group reviewed approximately 180 fatal car accidents spanning the years of 2009, 2010, and 2011, in which there was strong evidence of cellphone usage by the driver. The results found that only 8% of the 2009 crashes were coded as involving cell phones. Even in cases where drivers openly admitted to using a phone during an accident in which someone was killed, roughly half of the cases cited other causes instead.