A Leading Cause for Traffic Accidents: Distracted Driving
April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month in Florida. It should not come as a surprise that a leading cause for traffic accidents and fatalities is distracted driving. Distracted driving can come in the form of:
- Taking your eyes of the road
- Taking your hands from the steering wheel
- Multi-tasking while driving, can lead to dangerous consequences
Multitasking and Driving
Not surprisingly, texting and driving causes you to do all three. Sending or receiving a text can take a driver’s attention from the road for an average of 4.5 seconds; depending on your speed, that’s like driving 100 yards with your eyes closed! Activities like, texting and driving, eating and driving, changing the radio, or even talking to your passenger can greatly increase the likelihood of being in an accident.
Senator Thad Altman has introduced a new bill, which would take texting and driving from a secondary offense and elevate it to a primary offense. Law enforcement officers who see someone driving while looking down at a mobile device can pull the driver over and cite the driver for texting while driving (which is what many other states now have).
When riding in your car, turn your phone on silent to avoid hearing alerts from emails and text messages. If you are a passenger, offer to reply and send texts for the driver so that they are not taking their attention away from the road.
If you, a family member, or a friend is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of a distracted driver, ALWAYS speak with an attorney about your legal rights! The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area for over 60 years. Call us for a free case consultation or contact us today!