If you follow my blog, I regularly discuss the dangers and issues associated with texting and driving and distracted driving in general. 80% of drivers admit to engaging in distracted driving such as texting, shaving, applying makeup, steering with a knee and reading.
In a controlled study performed by the Editorial staff at Car & Driver Magazine, the average driver spends 4.6 seconds with their eyes off the road when retrieving a text message. I have discussed this study in prior blog entries and it is still shocking to imagine driving an automobile for 4.6 seconds at 30-50 miles per hour with your eyes completely off of the road. The act of texting and driving has never received the same stigma as driving under the influence. However, this act is now receiving attention from mainstream media as more studies and reports have been published illustrating the life altering consequences of distracted driving.
Many individuals wrongly assume that distracted driving is an issue limited only to cellphone use. According to the organization endDD.org, 82% of distracted driving fatalities occur due to distractions other than cellphones. These distractions include eating, drinking, reading and grooming among others. Basically any activity that results in the driver diverting their eyes at an object other than the road is a clear distraction.
In 2009, sixteen (16) percent of all automobile accident fatalities were related to distracted driving per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Drivers who engage in the act of texting and driving are almost thirty times more likely to be involved in an automobile accident. It is not at all a stretch to state that texting and driving is every bit as dangerous and reckless as driving under the influence (DUI).
There is no text message or phone call important enough to jeopardize your life. If you have been injured as a result of distracted driving, call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at (727) 451-6900 for a free consultation and case evaluation. Driving distracted is just the same as driving drunk. We aggressively go after distracted drivers and seek all legal remedies available pursuant to Florida Statute.
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