Driving has become one of the most, if not the most, important assets in our modern day society. With jobs, schooling, errands and emergencies; the ability to travel to and from destinations in a short amount of time is almost required for the world to continue its 21st century operation effectively. With that said, you can infer that driving is quite popular, and with a simple glance towards the roadways during a busy weekday, you can see for yourself.
Distracted driving is a loose term, but it’s quite literally anything that makes driving a secondary task. One of the most common reasons for distracted driving is the use of cell phones; whether it’s calling, texting, playing a game or taking a picture, any of these activities are unacceptable while driving. Let’s imagine a road 2,000 feet in length that is currently occupied by approximately 80 mid-sized cars. This is what your average main road during rush hour looks like. Based on statistics, about 50% of drivers have admitted they text behind the wheel, bringing us to the conclusion that around 40 of those cars you’re sharing the road with are texting. (More on texting while driving)
It becomes a little more unnerving when you realize just how many people could be distracted driving in your direct vicinity, and there is a good chance that people who feel like safe drivers are guilty of it as well. Some people may be thinking to themselves “I would never use my cell phone while driving!” but there are an unlimited number of other distractions they can probably recall doing and weren’t even aware were dangerous. Let’s dive deep into some distracted driving statistics.
Types of Distracted Driving
- Visual Distractions – An object, event, person, etc., outside of the vehicle which takes your eyes off of the road.
- Cognitive Distractions – Emotions, thinking, stress, etc., which takes your mind off of the road.
- Manual Distractions – Cell phone use, applying makeup, eating, reaching for items in the car, etc., which takes your hands off the wheel.
You’re driving down the road in moderate levels of traffic and you see someone your friend distractedly walking down the street texting on his phone. You struggle to roll your window down and pop your head out to shout to him. “Hey! Johnny! What’s up man?” Seconds later you find yourself slamming on the brakes to prevent a rear-end collision, skidding across the pavement and hurting your chest from the tightened seatbelt. Your friend runs over to make sure you’re okay; luckily no one received mentionable damage but you’re pretty shaken up. According to the DMV, 65% of near-crashes are caused by some sort of distraction, and the distraction occurs within 3 seconds of said accident.
Any distracted driver could have been totally unaware of the coming collision, never activating the brakes and instead going full speed into the back of the car in front of them. There could have been a baby on board or young children, and someone could have been seriously injured or even killed. Distracted driving is not to be taken lightly and if we can come together and remind each other of the dangers, we can make our roads enormously safer. That text from your spouse can wait 5 minutes, and if they care about your safety at all, they’ll understand.
In Florida alone, according to a news report, about 40,000 Florida drivers are distracted by technology at this very moment. The ban on cell phone use in Florida took place in late 2013, and since then, only around 2,000 citations have been issued by law enforcement officials. Lt. Cleven Wyatt of the St. Pete PD stated that “It’s almost unenforceable” He says it sounds great to have a texting ban, but it’s simply not working. With estimates by the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2012, a person was injured every 75 seconds during an accident caused by a distracted driver, and 3,328 of the people were killed in those accidents.
Why choose Dolman Law?
People are victims to distracted driving every day and need someone to lend them a helping hand. Here at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we hire a full-time investigator to work the case, searching for a cause, questioning witnesses, and obtaining the cell phone records of the at-fault individual in order to solidify evidence. We’re experienced in combating distracted drivers; it’s our road as well and we’d like to cleanse it of its dangers more than anyone.
It’s possible that a distracted driver has a defense that’s letting them off the hook, in turn leading them to serve a lesser punishment than they deserve. It is, however, our goal to serve the criminals with the sentence they’ve earned for themselves. There are cases where the distraction was unavoidable and it was truly unavoidable, and there are also cases in which both drivers were distracted, resulting in the crash, however; if you feel innocent and a victim to careless, distracted driving, you may have a winning case.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has had amazing success in the past with many cases related to this and we only plan on adding to our list of impressive achievements. We’re proud to represent anyone who is a victim of unfair treatment, ignorance, negligence or simply doesn’t know what steps to take to start their legal case. Our proud and respected team will stand with you in your battle to ensure a victorious result.
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Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA was founded in 2009 by Matthew Dolman, Esq., the President, and partner Christian Myer, Esq. Both Matthew and Christian attended Stetson University majoring in trial advocacy; Stetson has one of the highest rated trial advocacy programs in the nation. They were both also selected as Florida Rising Stars in 2013 – 2014, a prestigious title given by Super Lawyers rating service to outstanding young candidates. Not only was Matthew selected as a “National Top 100 Trial Lawyer”, but also as a “Top 40 Under 40” by NTL (National Trial Lawyers Organization), and scores a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo.com, a respected online legal directory.
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