The U.S. Department of Transportation has been on a mission to end the epidemic of distracted driving. Part of the campaign to do this is by sharing the stories of people who have lost loved ones to car accidents caused by a distracted driver. A story highlighted this week on the DOT’s blog was that of a father who lost his 2-year-old daughter to a distracted driver in a pedestrian accident in California.
The little girl was returning home from the park with her mother in December 2020. As the girl and her mother crossed the street hand-in-hand, they were struck by a young driver who was texting while driving and didn’t see the mother and daughter in the street. She plowed into them. The little girl died and her mother was critically injured.
The mother and father now want to do whatever they can to prevent more people from driving distracted. They hope that at least one person who hears the story of their little girl will put his or her cell phone away while driving and perhaps save a life.
Personal injury lawyer San Mateo Green states that anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road for more than two seconds is defined as distracted driving and causes all sorts of car accidents. A car can be a deadly weapon if a driver is not focused and in control of the vehicle at all times. Keep your eyes on the road and stay safe.