Too Many Instances of Distracted Driving Lead to Too Many Injuries and Death
According to the National Safety Council, approximately 1 in 4 crashes are attributable to cell phone or texting distractions. That translates into approximately 1.6 million crashes per year which, in 2008 led to nearly 6,000 deaths. Statistics reveal that 83% of drivers recognize the serious danger texting while driving and distracted driving presents. Yet, at any given time, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that 11% of all drivers are using their cell phones. Statistics reveal that over 45% of teenage and young drivers (aged 16-24) confess to text messaging while driving and 67% of young adults drivers (aged 25-34) and 65% of college-educated drivers admit to use of the cell phone while driving.
Call to Action
While Florida enacted a ban on texting while driving in 2013, in its present form (as a secondary offense with low fines plus a number of exceptions), it alone is unlikely to have a significant impact on most driver’s habits with regard to cell phone usage behind the wheel. The call for action is clear, because when crash results from distracted driving in whatever form, negligence has undoubtedly occurred. By its definition, the driver is not focused on his primary task of driving and should be held accountable for the damage and injury caused to others. Let the experienced Bradenton accident attorneys at Luhrsen Goldberg stand with you, look out for you, and work to prove that distracted driving is behind the cause of your injuries. For experienced legal advice, please contact our injury lawyers today to schedule a no-cost consultation.