Put Down That Phone: Texting a Leading Cause of Florida Car Accidents

In 2011, distracted driving was attributed to the deaths of 3,331 people in car accidents throughout the country. Another 387,000 people were injured due to distracted driving. One of the biggest contributors to distracted driving accidents in Florida is texting on cell phones. Texting greatly interferes with a driver’s ability to focus on driving.

The following is an overview of how texting and driving relates to Gainesville car accidents:

  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), texting while driving can increase the risk of a Florida car wreck by 23 times.
  • Drivers who text while operating a vehicle remove their eyes from the road for an average of five seconds.
  • Statistics released by the Allstate Foundation revealed that texting while driving is the equivalent of drinking four beers before getting behind the wheel.
  • A study by Harris Interactive 2007 revealed that 57% of drivers admitted to texting while driving.
  • A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey from 2006 shows that 80% of car crashes were caused by a driver being distracted within three seconds of the event.

More than 2.1 trillion text messages were sent in the United States in 2011, and car accidents are currently the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 52, according to the CDC. Clearly, there is a direct link between texting, distracted driving, and Florida car accidents. Florida does not currently have plan for banning texting while operating a vehicle.

If you have been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, you need the help of an experienced Gainesville car accident attorney immediately to protect your legal rights. Call the Jeffrey Meldon & Associates today for a free consultation: 800-373-8000.