In a 2020 survey, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles found that distracted driving was the main cause for over 48,000 motor vehicle accidents in Florida that year. Out of those accidents, 308 people were killed, and another 2,756 people were injured.
Texting and driving is by far one of the more dangerous distractions to drivers on the road today. Reading and sending text messages requires the driver's full visual, manual and cognitive attention, which is something that should be directed on the road ahead. Currently there are no distracted driving bans on the drivers of Florida, but 39 other states have adopted bans against texting and driving.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is anything that diverts your attention away from the road. There are three main types of distracted driving:
- Visual: Anything that takes your vision away from the road
- Manual: Anything that takes your hands off your steering wheel
- Cognitive: Anything that takes your mind off driving
Since your primary task at hand should be focusing on driving, any of the following could be considered dangerous distractions:
- Texting and driving
- Talking or using your cell phone
- Eating and drinking
- Turning to talk to car passengers
- Looking in the mirror and grooming
- Reading a book or map
- Focusing on the navigation system
- Switching stations on the radio and messing with the music
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The younger generations are the most serious offenders when it comes to distracted driving. In fact, 16% of all distracted driving traffic accidents involved drivers age 20 and younger. Drivers who partake in these careless activities do not stop to think of how it could affect their safety and the safety of those around them.
Thousands of innocent people are injured or killed every year as a result of distracted driving. Don't end up as just another statistic. We want to help you seek compensation from the negligent party who is responsible for the accident. This way you can ensure that you get reimbursed for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and any future injury expenses.
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