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April Marks Annual Crackdown on California's Distracted Drivers

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Drivers in the Contra Costa area will be interested to learn of a massive campaign to crackdown on distracted drivers in April. Every year, distracted drivers are responsible for car accidents that cause serious injuries or death to innocent drivers and pedestrians. It is hoped the annual crackdown will bring awareness to the dangers posed by distracted driving in order to help prevent future accidents.

Thousands of police will span across California in the campaign to enforce the state's laws that prohibit texting and driving, as well as the use of handheld cell phones. These laws have been on the books for nearly five years, but distracted driving continues to be a problem in the state.

Over 400,000 tickets were issued in California in 2012 for talking on handheld cell phones while driving. The number of citations issued for texting and driving was not as large, but it is this form of distracted driving that poses the most problems. Texting forces drivers to take their eyes of the road, increasing the chances for traffic accidents. Distracted driving has been called "a national epidemic." In 2011, it was to blame for the deaths of 3,331 people and about 400,000 injuries. A study released recently found that 69% of American drivers talk on their cell phones, and around one in three drivers text or send e-mails while on the road.

The state-wide campaign to enforce California's distracted driving laws in April will undoubtedly result in thousands of citations. Unfortunately, no amount of effort to enforce these laws can prevent all traffic accidents that result from texting and driving. It is important for those injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver to know that they may have a legal remedy against the responsible party. With the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, the victim may be able to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation for his or her injuries.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "Distracted-driving crackdown coming in April," Gary Richards, Mar. 16, 2013