Texting and Driving
Texting and driving accidents are on the rise in the united states. This is an inherently dangerous practice and can cause serious injury even when paying close attention With the proliferation of cell phone use, texting and driving accidents have been increasing at alarming rates. According to at least one study, at any given daylight hour there are as many as 660,000 drivers nationwide using a cellphone or other electronic device. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic, leading to 3,328 fatalities in 2012 alone. Teenage drivers are disproportionally guilty of such actions, with 71% of teens and young people admitting to composing and sending text messages while driving. In 2013, Florida passed their first law banning texting and driving, but the law made it a secondary offense meaning that drivers can only be stopped if they commit some other violation like running a red light or speeding. Recent reports show that state-wide, fewer than 1,800 citations will be issued in its first year.
Studies have also found that cellphone usage makes a driver between 3 and 23 times more likely to crash. Other studies have found that driving while distracted by a cellphone to be more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Several Florida courts have allowed punitive damages, damages assessed solely as a form of punishment, in motor vehicle crashes caused by texting and driving. However, one must move quickly to preserve the appropriate evidence and speak to witnesses to best preserve one’s rights.
At Personal Injury of Florida, we always investigate if the cause of any crash was caused by a driver using a cellphone and seek all available remedies. These cases require substantial and specific investigation and experts. If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile crash caused by someone who was driving while texting or otherwise distracted, contact us immediately to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys.