Distracted drivers claim the lives of many Californians every year. Although the risks of driving and texting are attracting more and more attention, some drivers ignore the obvious dangers and wind up harming other motorists.
Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly notorious source of roadway dangers and teenagers are particularly likely to focus on phone distractions while driving. Although it only takes a moment of distraction to cause a serious car accident, teenagers frequently switch their attention to a phone.
Texting and driving is a growing concern in the eyes of the public as more and more teenagers -- and even adults -- become victims of car accidents caused by this distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2009 alone 5,474 individuals were killed and 448,000 sustained an injury from a distracted driving car accident. With an increase in the number of people owning cellphones, and especially in the number of people owning smartphones, one could imagine that these numbers may only be increasing in California as well as across the nation.
Actress Amanda Bynes has become a tabloid mainstay during the past few weeks due to her poor driving behavior. The "Hairspray" star first drew public scrutiny after sidewiping a West Hollywood cop car while under the influence in April. She was subsequently ticketed for texting while driving and then sideswiped another vehicle in Hollywood on Friday.
When we think of a distracted driver causing a car accident, we imagine someone texting and driving, or even someone driving while intoxicated. We don't, however, typically think of someone simply being inattentive while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this was the case in a recent California automobile and motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.