Santa Ana Car Accident Lawyer at California Law Associates Comments on Report about Distracted Driving Summit

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Shehzad Ahmad, lead attorney at California Law Associates, is asked about a news report describing a distracted driving summit to push technology to discourage distracted driving.

It’s important to put pressure on these companies so that they develop products that are safe and allow drivers to be free of distraction.

Commenting on news reports about a legislative summit to curb distracted driving, Shehzad Ahmad of California Law Associates said lawmakers should do everything within their power to get drivers to break the texting habit.

One such effort, according to a news report in SFGate, calls for pushing technology to discourage distracted driving (“Senator tries to curb distracted driving with summit,” Feb. 2, 2014).

The SFGate report describes the efforts of West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller to curb cellphone-related accidents and pressure car and technology companies to speed up the development and deployment of technology that would disable all non-emergency cellphone use by drivers.

“Car and technology companies have long been focused on increasing ‘connectivity’ inside vehicles,” Ahmad said. “While consumers might want to stay connected in their vehicles, we also think car manufacturers and tech companies have a responsibility to consider safety. It’s important to put pressure on these companies so that they develop products that are safe and allow drivers to be free of distraction. We have seen too many accidents caused by distracted drivers preoccupied with cellphones, in-dash mobile technology, and other ‘connected’ devices that force them to take their eyes off the road.”

According to SFGate, Senator Rockefeller’s goal is to identify new technology solutions designed to prevent drivers from texting while behind-the-wheel and end what he calls “finger-pointing” by car manufacturers, cellphone carriers, technology companies, safety advocates and government regulators.

SFGate reported that the five-term West Virginia Democrat convened a summit in early February with the hope that the mere hint of intervention from his Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation would persuade technology makers to shift their focus from increasing connectivity to decreasing accident and fatality rates among distracted drivers.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that car accidents involving cellphone distraction accounted for 3,328 of 33,561 reported accident fatalities in 2012, according to the article. Ahmad said that on a larger scale, 421,000 of 2.4 million reported car accident injuries were attributed to distracted drivers.

“Drivers who take their eyes off the road or hands off the wheel for a split second are putting everyone else sharing the road at risk,” Ahmad said. “While lawmakers debate the safety issue surrounding technology, we believe every driver can make the responsible choice and avoid distractions.”

Ahmad said anyone injured or who loses a loved one in a distracted driving accident should seek the advice of legal counsel. An attorney can help victims pursue compensation and hold the negligent individual or company accountable, he said.

About California Law Associates

For nearly two decades, California Law Associates has employed experienced, knowledgeable lawyers with more than 50 years of combined personal injury law experience. They thoroughly understand the state’s complicated personal injury laws and handle a wide variety of cases, from auto accidents to workplace injuries. California Law Associates serves Santa Ana, Orange County, Riverside County and communities throughout the Southern California area. Shehzad Ahmad, lead attorney, has been practicing personal injury law since 1995. He works closely with each client to design a strategy that suits his or her unique legal needs. Attorney Ahmad has a strong track record for obtaining large, sometimes multi-million-dollar settlements or verdicts.

California Law Associates
2107 N. Broadway, Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 542-3377

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