Every day on Florida roads and highways, distracted drivers cause accidents resulting in serious injuries and deaths. One moment of distracted driving could change someone’s life forever. Distracted driving accident lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. see firsthand the pain and suffering that distracted driving can cause. Many accidents could have been avoided if a distracted driver had paid more attention to their driving than a text message or call. If a distracted driver has caused you injury and pain, Burnetti, P.A.’s trial experienced car accident attorneys may be able to help.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is engaging in another activity, frequently one that involves a mobile phone or device, while driving a motor vehicle.
Distracted driving can include manual, visual, and cognitive distractions.
- Manual – distractions caused by drivers moving hands away from the wheel to complete another task, such as reaching for a drink in the cup holder
- Visual – distractions caused by drivers focusing their eyes away from the road, such as looking for something in the passenger’s seat
- Cognitive – distractions caused by drivers thinking about something other than driving, such as thinking about a to-do list
Mobile Phone Dangers
According to the National Safety Council, mobile phone use is estimated to be the cause of 27 percent of all car crashes. Driver distraction studies show texting involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction at the same time. On average it takes 4.6 seconds to read or send a text message, which if traveling at 55 miles per hour, is compared to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. A study conducted by AAA revealed that after a distraction, drivers are not fully engaged with the driving task until an additional 27 seconds later. Studies also show using a mobile phone behind the wheel increases the likelihood of being in an accident by four times compared to someone who does not text and drive.
10 Causes of Distracted Driving
A distracted driver is a driver that pays more attention to something other than driving. Distractions behind the wheel can include:
- Talking on the phone
- Posting to social media
- Putting on makeup
- Adjusting the radio
- Looking at a GPS
- Eating in the car
- Reaching for items in the car
- Passengers in the car
- Being lost in thought
Other factors such as rushing, fatigue, and frustration can also increase the risk of being in a car crash.
Distracted Driving Injuries
Distracted driving is deadly. On average nine people die every day due to accidents caused by distracted drivers in the United States. If a distracted driver does not cause a fatality, victims may suffer serious injuries that can impair their quality of life. Car accident victims can experience:
- Herniated discs
- Frontal lobe damage
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Collapsed lungs
- Compression fractures
- Bulging discs
- Torn ligaments
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
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If a distracted driver was more focused on a mobile phone or other task and caused you to be injured, Burnetti, P.A. texting while driving attorneys may be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If you are interested in learning more about filing a potential personal injury case, contact Burnetti, P.A. staff members at 1-888-BURNETTI for a free case review.