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Who in Clearwater is Texting while Driving?

The development of the cell phone has been both a blessing and a curse. One can make a phone call, send a text message, check email, listen to music, take a picture, record a video, read the news, watch a YouTube video, video chat with someone across the world, etc., etc., all with a device that fits in your pocket. However, this technology has also increased the need for people to be connected to the internet and each other at all times. People carry their phones everywhere they go, constantly checking for any new notifications. We are constantly distracted, and this has never been more evident than when looking at the numbers of texting while driving accidents. At our Clearwater personal injury law firm Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we see the consequences of these accidents and fight to hold the negligent parties responsible.


  • In 2011, 23 percent of automobile accidents involved cell phones, causing 1.3 million crashes
  • When you text and drive, it takes a minimum of five seconds of your attention off the road. If you are travelling at 55 M.P.H., that is the length of a football field.
  • Text messaging makes an accident 23x more likely, dialing your phone increases your risk 2.8x, reaching for your phone 1.4x, and talking on the phone 1.3x


82 percent of American teenagers age 16-17 own cell phones at the time they begin driving on their own. This, coupled with the widespread popularity of social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat amongst teens today, means that they will have to deal with these distractions at the same time they are learning the ways of the road. Here are some more number to show just how widespread the problem is:

  • 13 percent of drivers between 18 and 20 years old admitted to texting or talking at the moment they were involved in an accident.
  • 52 percent of American teenagers age 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving.
  • 34 percent of American teenagers age 16-17 say they have texted while driving.
  • 77 percent of young adults are confident drive or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.
  • 55 percent of young adult drivers believe that they can safely text and drive no problem.
  • 1 in 5 drivers admit to surfing the web on their phones while driving.


  • 48 percent of young drivers have seen their parents talk on the phone while driving.
  • 27 percent of adults have sent or received text messages while driving.
  • 15 percent of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving.


In the greater Tampa Bay area, traffic is at an all time high. So is cell phone use. Unfortunately, when these two meet, people get hurt. At Dolman Law group, our experienced team of distracted driving attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible. We understand the danger of using a cell phone while driving and the harm it can cause. Florida lawmakers making texting while driving a secondary offense is a step in the right direction, but it is not doing enough. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a driver texting while driving, please call us at 727-451-6900 or email [email protected] for a free consultation.

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Clearwater, FL 33765