Car Accidents Due to Distracted Driving
In today’s busy society, we place a high value on the ability to multi-task. We go to a drive-thru, fast food restaurant and eat our breakfast on the way to work. We call our parents while we’re waiting to pick up the kids from school. We mentally plan out our shopping list as we drive to the store. Not only are people today often busy doing one thing or another, usually we’re doing a couple of things at once. We’re distracted, and our lack of attention to the task at hand can result in accidents. Car accidents due to distracted driving have become increasingly common, and the injuries sustained in these accidents can be severe and life threatening. Distracted driving doesn’t just mean texting, and it’s not just young people who are guilty of doing it. Here’s what you need to know about the problem, as well as what to do if you are in an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Distracted Driving On The Rise
Distracted driving has taken a heavy toll on America’s roads and highways. According to Distraction.gov, an official U.S. governmental website dedicated to helping to prevent and eliminate distracted driving, over 3,000 drivers were killed due to distracted driving automobile accidents in 2013. Approximately 400,000 drivers are injured in these accidents each year – and the numbers continue to rise.
Distracted driving occurs anytime something diverts your attention away from the road. Commonly associated with young people and texting, distracted driving can also include:
- Driving while eating or drinking;
- Using a cell phone while driving;
- Talking with passengers;
- Looking at maps or GPS systems; or
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or passenger video player.
Taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the steering wheel for even a few seconds is long enough for an accident to occur. Mental distractions also can be dangerous; being distracted and not paying attention means you could drift into the opposite lane, run a red light, or miss danger signals from other drivers.
Florida Law Against Distracted Driving
While there are currently no laws against eating a burger or fiddling with your GPS, there are laws against texting. The Florida Department of Transportation cites texting while driving as a contributing factor in an alarming number of Florida traffic accidents each year, and in an attempt to reduce injuries and deaths due to texting, Florida State Statute 316.305 was enacted, which prohibits texting while driving. The Florida Department of Transportation is also on board, partnering with local governments and law enforcement, in encouraging Florida residents not to text while driving as part of their ‘Put It Down’ campaign, with the goal of decreasing traffic injuries and fatalities.
Injured Due to A Distracted Driver? Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to distracted driving, contact our experienced Florida car accident lawyer today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we understand the serious injuries and damages distracted drivers can cause. Serving all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, we’ll fight for your rights, and help you to recover the compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that you deserve. Don’t delay; call us at (772) 595-6654 for a free consultation today.