Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 5:04 pm
There are many dangerous driving decisions that driver make each day as they travel on our roads and highways. Dangerous driving decisions result in thousands of deaths and injuries each year. Do not fall victim to dangerous driving decisions like these.
Distracted driving has become a serious problem in California and throughout the United States. In fact, distracted driving has become almost as big of a problem as drunk driving. According to Distraction.Gov, 3,154 people died during 2013 due to accidents caused by distracted drivers. Due to this dangerous driving decision, approximately 424,000 people are injured each year in distracted driving accidents.
Each day, roughly 660,000 drivers use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Other dangerous driving decisions that fall within the category of distracted driving include but are not limited to:
- Eating and/or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting vehicle settings
- Watching a video or looking at a navigation system
- Looking at objects outside of the vehicle
- Searching for something in a purse, bag, or glove compartment
Distracted driving is defined as anything that takes your eyes off the road or your mind off the task of driving. Avoid these dangerous driving decisions by keeping your mind and eyes focused on the task of driving.
Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous driving decisions a person can make. With the number of taxis, buses, shared ride services, and other forms of public transportation available in most cities throughout California, there is really no excuse to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drunk driving accidents resulted in 10,076 deaths and thousands of injuries during 2013.
The legal limit for DUI in California is a BAC of .08 or higher. Drunk driving is a crime. Do not risk your life, your future, and the lives of others on the road by deciding to drink and drive.
Drowsy driving is quickly becoming a common reason for automobile accidents throughout the country. According to the NHTSA, 846 people died during 2014 in motor vehicle accidents involving drowsy drivers. In any given year, drowsy drivers cause an average of 37,000 injury crashes and 45,000 property damage only crashes on our roads. The NHTSA provides the following tips to avoid drowsy driving:
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night
- Avoid driving after taking medications that cause drowsiness as a side effect
- Get a good night’s sleep before any long road trips
- Parents should be very careful with teen drivers because the average teen driver does not get enough sleep
- Avoid drinking alcohol and driving
- Know the signs of drowsiness and pull over immediately (i.e. hitting the rumble strip, crossing the center line, not remember the past few minutes, head nodding, etc.)
Have You Been Injured by a Driver Who Made Dangerous Driving Decisions?
If you have been injured in a Sacramento vehicle accident, contact Tiemann Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento personal injury attorneys.
Call (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website. Our vehicle accident attorneys want to help you receive the compensation you deserve for an accident caused by a careless, reckless, or negligent driver.