The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging greater awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, especially when the distraction involves text messaging. The NHTSA offers these statistics related to texting while driving:
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into serious crashes.
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
- Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving at 55 mph the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
Distracted drivers cause numerous accidents and serious injuries in Florida and across the country. In 2010, 3,092 people were killed and an estimated 416,000 others were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the NHTSA.
Anyone who is suffers a personal injury in a Florida accident caused by a distracted driver may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other costs. This is because the state of Florida allows people who suffer injuries because of the careless or negligent actions of others to receive such compensation through personal injury lawsuits. Distracted driving may be considered a careless or reckless action.
The Florida personal injury lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., applaud the NHTSA for seeking to end distracted driving. We urge all drivers to stay focused on the task of driving and to keep their attention on the road at all times.