Florida is known for its bad drivers and car accidents. In fact, it’s the 2nd worst in the country (behind Louisiana) for distracted driving.
While there’s been a heavy campaign against texting and driving, that’s not the only distraction that can have deadly consequences. Other types of distracted driving include: eating, dealing with kids, checking the GPS, changing the radio or music, and thinking or daydreaming.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a report in 2018 that found there were 50,285 car accidents related to distracted driving in 2017 alone.
In July 2019, a Florida dad died during a driving lesson with his teenage son when a PT Cruiser hit them head-on. It’s still unclear why the crash happened, but it’s suspected that 22-year-old Nanette Garcia (driver of the PT Cruiser) was distracted at the time of the accident. Because of this crash, the son (Nick) and his 7-year-old sister are now orphaned. They lost their mother earlier this year to cancer.
Distracted driving can literally change your life in a matter of seconds.
EverQuote Inc., an online insurance company, recently did a study on nationwide driver activity while the car was moving. They collected data through an app they developed called EverDrive that senses motion.
The study found that approximately 92 percent of drivers used their phones while they were driving. That’s a startling statistic, yet not surprising because of the number of distracted driving accidents not only in Florida, but across the U.S.
A slightly more promising statistic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that driver cell phone use decreased from 4.3 percent in 2014 to 3.8 percent in 2015.
However, the NHTSA says that percentage means that there is “an estimated 542,000 passenger vehicles driven by people using handheld cell phones at a typical daylight moment in 2015.”
It’s extremely important to understand the consequences of distracted driving because of the potential for serious injuries and death. If you’ve been a victim of a car accident due to distracted driving, talk to an experienced car accident attorney about your case.