Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways according toDistraction.gov. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
Distracted driving endangers not only the driver, but passengers and bystanders; whether other motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians. Drivers who use cell phones exhibit the same behaviors as a driver under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Distracted drivers are also more likely to be involved in rear end collisions, they drive slower, they don’t use their signals, and they weave and straddle traffic lanes.
There are many potential causes for distracted driving. These can include:
One of the best ways to stop distracted driving is to educate all car, truck and motorcycle drivers about the dangers it poses and enact laws at the state level prohibiting or limiting cell phone usage and texting while driving.
Parents often drive distracted. In one study, nearly nine of 10 parents admit to talking, texting or otherwise driving distracted while transporting their children in the past month. As parents, we need to remember that we are the number one influence on what kind of driver our teens become.
In 2013, Florida became the 41st state to pass a motorist texting while driving ban. It is now unlawful for drivers to type messages using smart phones or other mobile devices while driving on all Florida’s roadways. Florida truck drivers (busses and commercial vehicle operators) who, unlike motorists, can be stopped for a primary offense and fined for texting while driving. The truck driver and their company will both face fines and penalties for texting and driving.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident involving a driver who was driving distracted – talking on their cell phone, texting, or was otherwise distracted, our firm may be able to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation at (954) 524-2820.
We have handled hundreds of car, truck and distracted driving accident cases and have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our consultations with potential distract driving accident clients are free. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs of suit if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. We advance the costs of your case, too, so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.