Top Causes of Car Accidents in California
Car Accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the US. Every year approximately 30,000 Americans lose their lives in traffic accidents and more than two million are injured.
Distracted Driving and Car Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that drivers make more than 200 decisions per mile traveled. Making the correct decision in every instance requires a driver’s full attention. Unfortunately, the growing use of handheld digital devices, including cell phones creates more distractions today than ever before. A groundbreaking study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that distracted driving was the leading factor in most crashes. According to the research, 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involved a distracted driver.
Driving Behaviors that Contribute to Car Accidents
1. Cell phone use
2. Reaching for a moving object within the vehicle
3. Looking at something outside of the vehicle
5. Applying makeup
Cell Phones and Texting While it is illegal in California to use a handheld cell phone while driving, many people continue to engage in these behaviors. Public perception is that texting while driving (blamed for 1,600,000 accidents per year) is a teenage problem, but adults are actually more likely to text and drive than teens. Hands-free phones are permitted in California for adult drivers, but may cause inattention blindness.