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Federal Plan to Decrease Distracted Driving

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Texting while driving is illegal in California, as well as other states; however, people are continuing to fiddle with their phones while stopped at a red light or worse, while in motion. The federal government has a plan to eliminate the distraction to increase general safety for drivers, but it will take a really great technology development and time.

More than 3,000 people are killed each in year in America from distracted drivers. That accounts for about ten percent of the fatalities caused by vehicular collisions. Though states can pass laws and police officers can issue tickets, there is no way to ensure that drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road; but the government is working hard to get there.

The ultimate solution would be to make it impossible to send a text message or update social media while driving. The government is working with automobile manufacturers to create a technological obstruction, one that would deactivate the mobile device upon attempted usage in a car. The vehicle would sense the driver attempting to text or browse Facebook and would immediately shut it down. Though this idea seems outlandish and maybe impossible to some critics, advances thus far in the technology world have already proven that so many ideas can realistically be executed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a proposition that outlines its ideas for restricting distracted driving. The key objective is to limit the amount of time a driver removes his/her hands from the wheel or his/her eyes from the road. The Administration wants car manufacturers to make it impossible to enter text for messaging and browsing while the car is in motion; and to disable video and social media content from being displayed.

A large issue that the NHTSA will face is that the change will require full participation from drivers; and if the pairing is not done easily, then drivers will opt out of it and continue to use their handhelds illegally. This is why it is looking for an innovative technological idea that will embed it within the car requiring compliance beyond being aware of it at the time of purchase.

This change may be inconvenient for some drivers; however, it could also save thousands of lives each year. Though distractions come in more forms than cell phones, it is likely that removing this specific diversion will reduce the amount of accidents that occur in the country.

Accidents are an unfortunate part of our lives. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, whether it was caused by a distracted driver or something else; contact an Orange County Accident Attorney today. A lawyer can assist you in identifying negligence, filing claims; and can ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for the damages that you have suffered, including punitive damages in the event of a fatality.

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Officer Injured in Accident Caused by Texting Teen

English: Taken off the overpass over Californi...

English: Taken off the overpass over California State Route 78 at El Camino Real in Oceanside, California Español: Yo estaba en Oceanside, California cuando tomé esta fotographía de California State Route 78 y El Camino Real. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday afternoon in Ramona, California, a new teen driver caused an accident that involved three vehicles and one police officer. All those involved in the accident were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The teen driver was on the eastbound side of the State Route 78 in a 2011 Ford Fusion. She then rear-ended a 61-year-old driver in a 2006 Chevrolet HHR who was stopped to make a left turn on Earlham Street.

The station wagon was then pushed into the intersection and hit a Chula Vista police officer who was riding his bike off duty. The officer was airlifted to the hospital after the crash caused him to fall from his bike and roll around the road; and the other two drivers were taken by ambulance to a doctor.

It has been reported that the officer suffered severe trauma and is critical condition. The teenager and the other driver are being treated for moderately serious injuries.

Upon investigation of the accident, law enforcement has found evidence that suggests the young woman was texting right before the collision. Texting while driving is against the law; and when they complete their investigation, she could face charges.

The State Route 78 was closed in an area for a while near Ramona Community Park.

Currently 41 out of 50 states ban texting while driving; and when the action causing accidents and injuries, the penalties become more serious.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident and requires legal assistance, contact a San Diego accident attorney. Our lawyers and staff can help you file claims and award you the best possible compensation for the damages that you suffered.

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Peter Frampton Hurt from Crash Involving Texting Driver

Peter Frampton opens for Jethro Tull at the Ni...

Peter Frampton opens for Jethro Tull at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Distracted driving can cause many fender benders and even serious personal injury cases. When another driver is talking on the phone or looking down to text, their full concentration is taken away from the road. When this kind of negligent driving is present on roads, it will surely cause some unwanted, unnecessary car accidents.

Unfortunately, there are many drivers who take the chance and text or make phone calls while driving. This kind of behavior will lead to personal injury and sometimes wrongful death. It is vital that drivers are attentive on the road and put distractions away. Singer and songwriter Peter Frampton, 62, was recently in a car accident involving a texting woman.

On Tuesday, July 31, the rock star was hit from behind while on a freeway in Los Angeles. He was on the freeway when the lady behind him hit the back of his car. Frampton says he has suffered whiplash from the impact with his neck and back hurting. After the accident, Frampton says that he might go to the ER later that day after his flight. The collision has also prompted the musician to tweet about the incident, encouraging drivers to pay attention on the road and not text when on the wheel.

After being involved in the incident, Frampton sent out a tweet through his Twitter saying “Texting woman driver just ran into back of me while I was stationary in traffic 101 freeway. Can u say whiplash? People put the phones down!” Frampton’s word of advice is a wise precaution and warning. When people are texting, their attention is focused on their phone and not on the drivers around them.

Peter Frampton is best known for his album “Frampton Comes Alive!” He was on the road to get to a show. Thankfully he was not badly injured so that he can continue his performances without any delays. His next show is in Minnesota on August 3rd.

Person using cell phone while driving.

Person using cell phone while driving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Texting penalties in California are usually around $20 to $50. State and local penalties can also add on to the bill, making the bill total to about $100. While these fines are not necessarily heavy enough to scare drivers from breaking the law, texting while driving can still cause some serious accidents. Put the texting and the phone calls away when driving to limit any unnecessary distractions. Frampton’s frustration is reasonable in that he did not have to suffer from whiplash or soreness. This accident was purely someone else’s fault—and all because of texting.

If you have been victim to personal injury because of someone else’s careless driving, do not hesitate to call a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to help you with legal matters. Consider consulting with a lawyer if you have been hurt in an accident and do not allow yourself to be the victim any longer.