Seniors Join Teens Texting, Increasing The Number Of Deaths By Distracted Driving States Injury Lawyer Deborah Barron
Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2014 - Many grey haired seniors are just as texting savvy as today’s younger crowd. They are just as much at risk for death by distracted driving as well.
“Even though it seems it is only the teens that are texting while driving, this is not the case,” says well-respected Sacramento injury lawyer Deborah Barron. “Look again when you are driving. It isn’t just hip hop teens driving with their heads down. Many of those bobbing heads also belong to seniors.”
Staying connected while on the road is seemingly not just a teen thing. And furthermore, it is not just texting that is becoming the issue with older Americans. In July 2013 State Farm insurance conducted a smartphone owner survey. Shockingly, the results revealed a significant hike in the number of drivers, 30-years of age and older, who used phones while driving. What the numbers also demonstrated was that the percentage of drivers who are webbing, or surfing the Internet, while behind the wheel of a vehicle has nearly doubled in the past five years. It was 13 percent in 2009. In 2013, that number hit 24 percent.
“Evidently, hands-free cell phone use has also increased over using handheld phones. Really, it’s a difference without a distinction,” Barron indicates, “as no matter whether the phone is hands-free or handheld, it is all a distraction, a potentially deadly one. Bluetooth connections via the steering wheel may be technologically innovative, but they still distract a driver’s brain. A distracted brain does not pay attention to what is going on around it.”
While the current focus in the law enforcement and insurance sectors is the drive to reduce or eliminate mobile phone use, the problem is much broader in scope. It is not just texting while driving that kills. It is the growing proliferation and use of multiple mobile web services while driving. The 18 to 29-year-old demographic make up 86 percent of drivers with smartphones. “However, the other side of that coin is that drivers ranging in age from 50 to 64 also have mobile devices and drivers over the age of 65 represent 39 percent of the population that use technology on the go. Distracted driving combined with age related health issues is a recipe for an accident,” points out Barron.
Texting while driving is negligent. “If you have been involved in an accident in which the other driver was texting while driving, or using some other type of electronic gadget, you have the right to file a lawsuit demanding compensation for your injuries,” Barron says.
Barron Law Corporation
1387 Garden Hwy, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll Free: 800-LAW 5908
San Francisco Office
1750 Montgomery St., Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94133
Toll Free: 800-LAW5908
View Larger Map
- Employers Short-Changing Residential Care, Nursing Home Workers Pay Out Over 6 Million
Labor law violations were behind this recent victory for Bay Area residential care facility workers and nursing home workers. The 1,300 workers receiving the $6.8 million in wages were not paid correctly, as mandated by California labor laws, between 2011 and 2014. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Labor went to bat for these workers and […]
- Alleged Worker Misclassification, Wage Theft Sends LA and Long Beach Truckers Back to Picket Lines
Worker misclassification is a major issue in California, particularly for truckers at company yards in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports area. Once again pickets were set up by the Teamsters Union advocating fair pay for fair work — something they say is not currently happening. Lines were set up at Harbor Rail Transport, Pacer Cartage, […]
- Even high profile attorneys may be accused of sexual harassment
The latest sexual harassment case to hit the airwaves involves accusations made against the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Deputy District Attorneys Tannaz Mokayef and Beth Silverman allege Gary Hearnsbeger, a prosecutor with 34 years of service behind him, sexually harassed them in and out of the office. His conduct allegedly included lewd remarks […]