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Dangerous cell phone use continues to plague the roads

If you look at other drivers who are around you on the road, the chances are pretty high that at least one of them is using a cell phone while driving. This type of distracted driving has become an increasingly dangerous problem that threatens far too many innocent California motorists. After all, a distracted driver can swerve into oncoming traffic, fail to stop at a stop sign or traffic signal and neglect to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street.

Sadly, cell phone usage while driving is becoming even more problematic. According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway safety, motorists manipulated their phones 57 percent more often in 2018 compared to 2014. While overall cell phone usage for actual phone conversation while driving is down, more people are using their phones by engaging in texting and driving and checking email while operating their vehicles.

This statistic is frightening considering that 800 people were killed in 2017 in car accidents caused by individuals who were using a cell phone. Using a cell phone for something other than a call increases the chance of being in an accident by 66 percent, which is quite significant. Those who are injured in these accidents, as well as surviving family members of those who are killed in these wrecks, can be forced to face significant damages.

Being seriously injured and left with pain and suffering, financial loss and emotional turmoil due to the negligence of another is wholly unacceptable. This is why those who have been injured in an accident caused by another driver who was engaging a cell phone may need to consider their legal options. By doing so, not only can a victim potentially recover compensation for losses, but may also shine another light on this ever growing problem and spur the change that is needed to protect other innocent motorists.



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