Distracted driving has become a significant public safety issue in the United States, particularly as cell phones and other personal electronic devices have become more ubiquitous. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,060 people are injured each day in accidents involving distracted drivers.
Statistics indicate that distracted drivers are much more likely to be involved in accidents, and many states have passed laws limiting the use of cell phones in an effort to reduce the incidence of distracted driving accidents. Unfortunately, accidents caused by cell phone use continue to occur in spite of these measures, sometimes with disastrous results for those involved.
Distracted driving is negligence driving, which means that people injured by people distracted by their cell phones may be able to recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Consulting with an experienced Florida car accident attorney is the best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Cell phones are capable of causing a variety of driver distractions. According the CDC, there are three main types of driver distractions. They are:
There are certain types of distractions that combine two or even all three of categories of distractions, making them particularly dangerous. For example, texting requires that a person look at the phone while composing or reading a text, use a hand to manipulate the buttons or the screen, and think about the conversation in which they are engaged.
Despite these risks, data indicates that texting and driving continues to be prevalent among American drivers. In fact, the CDC indicates that 31% of adults between 18-64 who were surveyed indicated that they had written or composed a text while driving in the previous 30-day period.
While hand-free cell phone and text-to-speech technology has been explored as an option for making cell phone use by drivers safer, a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that mental distractions alone can significantly increase the risk of a driver being involved in an accident.
Distracted driving can cause a number of different types of accidents, including the following:
These and other types of accidents caused by distracted driving have the potential to cause serious injuries, and in some cases may even be fatal. The types of damages available from a distracted driving accident can include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and loss of future earning potential, among others. Call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.