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What dangers do distracted drivers pose to pedestrians?

Distracted driving is a problem in California. It is a problem all over the country. It has quickly become an epidemic as law enforcement agencies do their best to prevent it on a daily basis. There are more than 1.5 million accidents per year caused by drivers using their mobile phones. So, what dangers do distracted drivers pose to pedestrians?

For starters, when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road for more than two seconds, it doubles his or her chances of being involved in an accident, according to a study conducted by the Transportation Institute from Virginia Tech in 2006. This can be a deadly combination for pedestrians, even those who are following the rules of the road and crossing at controlled intersections when they are given the walk sign. Distracted drivers can bear down on a pedestrian without even realizing it.

To dig deeper into that statistic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that sending or reading a text message can take your eyes off the road for five seconds or more. When doing this while driving 55 mph, your vehicle can travel the length of a football field. That is frightening when you think about taking a walk or a jog even on the quietest of roads in Manhattan Beach.

Distracted driving because of mobile phones is not the only way a driver can be distracted. Distraction can also occur when the driver is eating, changing the radio stations, talking to a passenger, looking through the glove box, reading a newspaper, applying makeup, getting dressed, shaving and much more. Whenever a driver does something other than pay attention to the road in front of them, it is considered distracted driving.

Distracted driving has become part of the norm in Manhattan Beach. An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney can handle your case from start to finish, including the investigative phase, as you fight to acquire compensation for injuries suffered.

Source: AAA Exchange, "The Risks of Distracted Driving," accessed June 23, 2017

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