Study finds San Diego adults are driving while distracted

A new study revealed that adults in San Diego often drive while distracted.

Parents and other adults in San Diego: It's time to think about your driving habits. When was the last time you glanced at a text message while behind the wheel? Answered a phone call? Consulted the GPS on your phone? Is your cellphone always within arm's reach when you're driving?

These distracting habits are typically activities we assume teenagers will engage in, but not adults who should know the dangers and resist the temptation to check their buzzing phone. Unfortunately, a new study has revealed that assumption is not true.

Researchers questioned over 700 adults in San Diego to determine whether they drove while distracted.

The study revealed that over 50 percent of the respondents - who were all between 30 to 64 years of age - made calls on a handheld cellphone when behind the wheel. A shocking 75 percent admitted that they made calls on hands-free devices.

Perhaps the most alarming part of the study was the apparent lack of awareness of the danger caused by their behaviors. For instance, 90 percent of the respondents said they believed they were either "capable" or "very capable" when driving while making phone calls. In addition, only about 30 percent understood that making calls on a hands-free device was as dangerous as drinking and driving.

Distracted driving laws in California

Some of these motorists in California were likely not aware of the laws regulating distracted driving in our state. In California, all drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones while they are behind the wheel. In addition, motorists are not allowed to text while they are driving.

In addition, novice drivers and bus drivers face stricter laws. Both groups are banned from using any type of cellphone, including those with hands-free capabilities, while they are driving.

Talk to a personal injury attorney after a districted driving crash

Distracted motorists cause serious collisions every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,150 people died in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2013. Across the country, around 424,000 people suffered injuries as a result of a distracted driving crash that year.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision caused by a distracted driver, you need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. At Bender & Gritz, APLC, we understand the challenges you will face after a collision and we are ready to work diligently on your behalf to make sure your interests are protected.