In recent years, the increase in the number of drivers using their phones while driving has been apparent not just in teens, but also in adults. Not only are people using their phones for texting or talking, but they are also emailing, using applications, and various other manipulations, which distract them from the road creating a hazardous condition. These dangers create an environment where the driver fails to maintain control of their vehicle.
Distracted Driving Statistics
- According to the U.S. National Safety Council, 1 out of every 4 car accidents is caused by the use of cell phones
- Over 3,000 Americans were killed and over 421,000 were injured in 2012, due to distracted driving, according to the NHTSA
- It has been predicted by the NHTSA that texting while driving causes more than 12% of all auto collisions
- Over 50% of all people on the road have admitted to using their handheld devices while driving
Have You Been in a Texting and Driving Accident?
While Florida has placed a ban on texting while driving, there is not a ban on the use of all hand-held devices or cell phones on the road. Unfortunately, those that chose to use their mobile devices behind the wheel often place the lives of those around them at risk. Even more so, drivers that choose to text and drive are deliberately breaking the law and should be held responsible if they cause an accident.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation from the liable party. Contact our attorneys at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. for the compassionate legal representation you need from Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys at our firm. We have over 240 years of combined experience protecting the rights of the injured throughout Florida.
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