Distractions while driving come in all forms, and all can lead to potentially fatal car accidents. Thousands of car accidents happen each year as the result of drivers using cell phones, applying make-up, shaving, reading, eating, and using GPS devices, and becoming distracted while driving.
For every two seconds that drivers are distracted, the risk of an accident doubles according to Rey Rivero, Undersheriff for Orange County, Florida. Distracted driving in 2009, according to federal statistics, caused over five thousand deaths and nearly half a million injuries.
Common distracted driving habits include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
As the busiest travel time of the year approaches, Orange County officials are reminding citizens over the hazards of driving while distracted. In 2010, an Orange County firefighter was assisting an injured motorist when a distracted driver struck him, and “breaking his neck, back, ribs and causing other serious injuries.” This year, a school crossing guard prevented children from being struck by a car operated by a driver who was talking on his cell phone, preventing a near disaster.
Distracted driving poses a serious risk to other drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians. If you or your loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact Burnetti, P.A.’s distracted driver car accident attorney. Call 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a https://www.burnetti.com.