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Smartphones have made staying constantly connected a possibility; yet, cellphone distraction on the road has led to a serious increase in distracted driving accidents. The probability of a driver checking their smartphone while driving and being involved in a car accident is 1 out of every 4 drivers.
Florida Statute 316.305 (3)(a) states:
“A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of non-voice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.”
Despite the dangers of using a cellphone while driving, the statute is still recognized as a “secondary law” as of 2014. Our firm does not consider your injuries as “secondary” and we are inclined to help make your case a priority if you have been in an accident due to a negligent driver.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration driving an automobile while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Here at Band, Gates & Dramis, P.L. we understand the huge risks people take when using their cellphones while driving and how much it has become a growing problem in this technologically advanced world.
Some other general cellphone statistics include:
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving
- Cellphone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year, according to The National Safety Council
- 21% of teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to be involved in auto accidents or near-accidents when texting or talking on their mobile phones
- 48% of drivers admit to using their cellphones while driving based on the 2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors.
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