April is national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It is estimated that
at least 30 percent of the 2,430 Florida traffic accidents that occurred
in 2009 were the result of a driver using a cell phone or texting while driving.
According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in southern states like
Florida are much more likely to text behind the wheel than drivers in
the rest of the country. Why?
In Florida, there are no restrictions on cell phone use while driving.
In fact, Florida is one of the few states where
texting behind the wheel is not illegal. There are currently nine Florida legislative bills that
have been introduced to restrict cell phone use or texting by Florida
drivers. Last year, 11 bills were introduced and all were rejected.
How dangerous is cell phone use?
Research shows that the risk of an accident while text messaging and driving
is at least double that of talking on a cell phone.
In 2009, a study was conducted to determine the effects of using a cell
phone on the driving performance of teen drivers. Twenty inexperienced
drivers used a cell phone to retrieve and send text messages while driving
a simulator. The researchers found that drivers who are text messaging
spent 400% less time looking at the road. That means their eyes were off
the road four times more than drivers who were not using a cell phone.
In addition, the text messaging drivers showed more variability in lane
position, were more likely to miss lane changes, and took more time to
respond to brake lights.
Deaths caused by texting are easily preventable. If you are injured by
a driver who was texting while driving, you may recover damages even if
the driver did not formally break the law. The driver was still negligent
because through his actions he knowingly endangered others on the road.
You are entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, property
damage, pain and suffering and lost wages. If a family member was killed in a
Greenacres distracted driving car crash, you can be compensated for funeral costs as well.
If you were injured by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, a
Greenacres car accident attorney can help you get this compensation. To learn more,
contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at (561) 600-5605.