Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in Florida, even more so as cell phone use and texting have increased.
Driving Distractions Include:
- Looking at accidents or other roadside incidents (rubbernecking);
- Looking at billboards and scenery
- Passenger or child distractions
- Adjusting the radio, changing CDs, using the GPS
- Talking on a cell phone or texting
- Eating or drinking
- Unrestrained pets
- Reading directions, documents, maps, newspapers, or books
- Emotional upsets
Drivers who cause accidents by distracted driving are liable for the injuries they cause to others. They need to be held responsible for the harm they cause.
Distracted Driving Accident Statistics and Facts in the United States
- Distracted driving is a factor in 25 to 50% of all car crashes.
- In 2013, 3,154 people in the U.S. were killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Another 424,000 were injured.
- Reports indicated cell phone use as a factor in 411 of the fatalities, 14% of all fatal distraction- affected crashes.
- 10% of drivers between 15- 19 involved in fatal car accidents were distracted while driving.
- The 30- to 39-year-old age group had the highest percentage of cell phone use in fatal crashes.
- In 2013, there were 480 non-occupants killed in distraction related accidents.
- In 2013, 85 percent of the fatalities in distraction-affected crashes involved motor vehicle occupants or motorcyclists.
- An estimated 34,000 people were injured in 2013 in crashes involving cell phone use or other cell phone-related activities, 8 percent of all people injured in distraction-affected crashes.
- At 6% the South had the highest percentage of drivers using cell phones while driving. The Northeast reported 4%.
Texting While Driving has Increased in Recent Years
According to a more recent report by the NHTSA, the percentage of drivers who were “text-messaging or visibly manipulating hand-held devices” rose from 0.6 percent in 2009 to 0.9 percent in 2010, while the driver cell phone use stayed the same between 2009 and 2010, at 5 percent. This will undoubtedly affect the distracted driving statistics for 2010 and beyond. It has been estimated that sending and receiving texts while driving increases the likelihood of an accident by 23 percent.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident and Need More Information?
Proving that the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident can be tricky. At the time of your crash, make a mental note of any distracted driving behavior you have seen. At Jim Dodson Law we can help by picking up on seemingly small details that can prove the other driver was distracted. We are dedicated to better-serving the victims of car accidents.
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident in Florida that was caused by a distracted driver, I hope you will take the time to read my consumer guide, Five Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case. I will be happy to send you a free copy.