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When we’re behind the wheel, it can be tempting to take a phone call or to send a quick text. However, distracted driving can lead to severe and even fatal automobile accidents. Did you know that your eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds every time you send a text? According to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if you’re driving at about 55 miles per hour, five seconds is “enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.”
In other words, five seconds of texting time might not sound significant, but it’s in fact quite a long time for a driver’s eyes to be distracted from the road. Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving? Texting while driving is now illegal in Florida, and our state takes texting while driving very seriously. In addition to criminal penalties, a negligent driver may be held financially liable for your injuries. It’s important to discuss your case with an experienced Florida car accident lawyer .
Facts and Statistics About Distracted Driving
Driving distractions often lead to devastating car accidents. When a driver is distracted and causes an accident, that driver may have been behaving negligently. If another driver’s negligence has caused personal injuries to you or a loved one, we can help.The NHTSA has recently launched a distracted driving campaign intended to educate Americans about the serious dangers of texting while driving.
In general, distracted driving can include many different kinds of activities, such as texting, talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, reading maps, using a GPS system, changing an audio CD, and even talking to other passengers. However, texting while driving is one of the most frequent causes of distracted driving accidents. Some key facts and statistics about distracted driving include the following:
- In recent years, more than 3,300 fatalities have occurred annually because of distracted driving.
- The total number of injuries sustained in accidents caused by distracted driving is on the rise. In 2011, 387,000 people were injured, while 421,000 sustained serious injuries in 2012.
- Distracted driving and texting while driving afflicts certain age groups more than others. More than 25 percent of distracted drivers who cause fatal collisions are between the ages of 20-29.
- You are 3 times more likely to be involved in an accident if you’re using a cell phone, dialing, or texting while you’re behind the wheel.
- Texting while driving is a serious epidemic in our country. In fact, more than 171 billion texts are sent every month in the United States alone.
Florida Ban on Texting While Driving
In Florida, texting while driving is now illegal. Under Florida Statute 316.305, Florida drivers are banned from texting while operating a vehicle, and law enforcement officers are authorized to “stop motor vehicles and issue citations as a secondary offense to persons who are texting while driving.”
While teenagers and young adults are involved in a large number of texting while driving accidents, it’s important to remember that people in many age groups have admitted to sending a text or reading an email while behind the wheel, according to a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Indeed, about two-thirds of American drivers have indicated that they’ve read a text while driving.
In Florida, texting while driving is a serious issue, and negligent drivers cause accidents every day. If you have sustained injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, we can help you to file a claim for financial compensation. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.