Scientific studies conducted over the last few years are suggesting that texting and driving is as dangerous as severe intoxication is to driving. Back in 2009, Virginia Tech released a study that texting and driving increased the likelihood of an accident by twenty-three times compared to driving with no distractions. That means texting and driving is six times as dangerous as driving with a BAC of .08.
Right now, texting and driving causes fewer deaths than drunk driving, but with how fast people are buying cellular and smart phones, and how necessary they’re becoming to daily life, it’s only a matter of time before texting and driving accidents overtake them – UNLESS we nip the trend in the bud.
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.
Did you know that in more than 90% of San Diego car accidents are the result of human error? Sure, there is no such thing as a “perfect” driver – but let’s face it, every one of us could improve at least one aspect of their driving. Observation, anticipation, less distraction, or just learning the rules of the road – all can reduce the risk of becoming yet another roadway statistics in 2014.
As one of the areas most experienced car accident lawyers, I know that roughly 10 million people are involved in car accidents each year. According to the CDC, auto accidents are also the leading cause of death for teenagers. There is simply no denying that car accidents are responsible for needless injury, death, and grief every single year.
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.
San Diego personal injury attorneys know that school bus safety is of the utmost importance. That’s why the team at the Law Offices of Steven Elia paid attention to a recent news report that cited the concerns of a local parent who allegedly witnessed a San Diego Unified School District bus driver writing and reading while at the wheel with students on board.
Myles Cooper says he had just dropped off his daughter at elementary school and was slowly merging onto the westbound Interstate 8 at College Avenue when he noticed the school bus not keeping up with the onramp traffic.
Cooper told 10News, “You can see very clearly the hand of the bus driver holding a paper and a pencil right on top of the steering wheel,” he said.
Cell Phone Use Distracted Coast Guard Patrol Boat Crewmember
In its investigation of a fatal San Diego Bay boating accident that occurred in December 2009, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently determined that a crewmember aboard the 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat was using a cell phone. According to a news story, it is not known at this time whether the Coast Guard crewmember was talking on the cell phone or texting; however, the usage was not relevant to the vessel’s operation. An 8-year old boy from Rancho Penasquitos died in the San Diego boat crash that occurred during a boat parade, and five others were injured.
Recreational boating accidents in California can lead to serious injury and even death. While boat crashes involving Coast Guard vessels are relatively rare, this fatal accident has raised concern regarding the potential for distraction among Coast Guard crewmembers.