Friday, 8 July 2011

Pickup Truck Driver in California Accident Was Distracted

The California Highway Patrol believes that the pickup truck driver involved in a bicycle accident in Modesto was distracted at the time. The victim was a 48-year-old man who was struck by the truck, as he was trying to cross the road. The bicyclist sustained fatal injuries. The California Highway Patrol does not believe that alcohol or drug use was involved in this crash. Investigations into the accident are still on.

There is little information about the kind of distractions that were involved here. Distracted driving however, can involve anything from snacking to texting while driving and a whole range of practices in between. There's plenty of heated debate about what kind of distracted driving actually increases the risks of an accident. Broadly however, the consensus is that any behavior that takes your eyes away from the road and your hands off the steering wheel increases your risks of being involved in a car accident. Changing CDs while driving, fiddling with radio stations, applying makeup while driving - all of this can be distracting behavior.

However, much of the focus on the accident risks from distracted driving has centered on texting while driving. Studies have shown that texting while driving increases the risk of an accident by as much as 23 times. While the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that proved the increased risks of texting while driving is widely quoted, Los Angeles car accident lawyers are aware of other studies that have shown a link between a distracted mind and an increased risk of accidents. In other words, having a conversation on a handset while driving can increase your risks of an accident because your mind is focused on the conversation that you're having on your cell phone. It is this lack of attention that increases your accident risks.

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