Close to 60 percent of American adults have a smartphone. That's up from about 35 percent just 2 years ago. According to NBC News, now is the first time across the world that smartphones are being shipped more than feature phones.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that more smartphones means more risks for car accidents. Although all drivers in the state of California are banned from using a hand-held phone behind the wheel, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers just aren't listening.
The truth of the matter is that 90 percent of Americans have some kind of mobile phone. Two years ago, more than 15 percent of Americans didn't even have a phone. We bet even some of you are reading this very blog on your smartphone (hopefully not while driving).
Smartphone ownership is particularly high among younger adults, especially those in their 20s and 30s, something that has been the case since it started measuring smartphone adoption about two years ago.
And it's these smart phones that are causing accidents and irresponsible driving. According to the AutoBlog, more than 10 percent of all red light violations are the result of a distracted driving. It's all in the write up from a recent study from FocusDriven and the National Coalition for Safer Roads.
Researchers with the organizations looked at nearly 120 intersections over three months to determine just who was running the lights. According to the numbers, about 12 percent of these drivers were distracted. These numbers lead researchers to believe that close to 7.5 million red light infractions are caused by these kinds of drivers each and every year.
According to the IIHS, red light running is the number one cause of traffic collisions in urban areas. When you factor in the fact that the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that cell phone use is a factor in over 20 percent of all traffic accidents, it's easy to see why we're concerned.
It's important to remember that there's more to distracted driving than cell phone use. Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the steering wheel - especially texting and cell phone use, whether hands-free or handheld.
It's easy to understand why drivers are lured to smartphones. They're pretty much your life in the palm of your hand. You've got communication with your friends and family members, social media connections, email, phone, text messages, scheduled appointments and more. But the risks just shouldn't be worth it. Is any of that worth risking your life for?
If you avoid an accident, you still run the risk of getting caught. If you're busted talking on a cell phone, you're facing a $159 and that's a major distraction to your wallet, too!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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