Accidents Caused by Cell Phone Texting

It’s bad enough that Drivers in Florida must deal with many elements such as rain, construction and careless or negligent drivers, but you shouldn’t have to also be put in danger for others drivers thinking their texting or social media networking is more important than their own or your safety.  Drivers using their cell phones while driving — whether to make a phone call, send or receive a text message, or updating their statuses on their social media sites — are putting themselves and others at risk.  These drivers may not be guilty of Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) but they are certainly guilty of Driving While Distracted (DWD).  While DWD is not yet a crime, it should be.

According to a study done by Pew Research Center with regard to teenage distracted driving:

  • About 34% of texting teens say they have texted while driving.  Is your teen texting and driving?
  • 40% say they have been in a car when the driver was using a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.

Many other states have already outlawed cell phone usage while driving, or at least mandated hands free operation. Tampa Florida Injury Lawyers hope and anticipate changes to Florida Law regarding cell phone usage soon.  It’s just  not possible to text while keeping your eyese on the road and staying aware for emergency stops, darting pedestrians or other factors.  Cell phone use and texting while driving are extremely dangerous habits that cost thousands of people their lives and even more to suffer serious injuries.

In direct proportional ratio, car vehicle accidents in the Tampa Bay Florida area has sharply risen in the past few years along side the number of cell phone users who are driving age.

If you need a texting and cell phone accident lawyer in Tampa Bay Florida, contact us at the Injury Legal Center of PLG: The Pikramenos Law Group, PLLC We can aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve after a serious car accident. With offices in Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater we are equipped to represent accident victims and their families throughout Florida.

Personal Advocacy From a Injury Lawyer

While talking on a cell phone and responding to a text message may seem like trivial acts, driver’s who prefer texting over remaining aware while driving ultimately destroy lives by acts that could be simply delayed.

According to a study conducted by the University of Utah, using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reactions just as much as if the driver’s blood alcohol content was .08 percent. Another study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that sending texting while driving (sending or receiving) distracts drivers when they take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds – the study equates this to driving 55 mph for the length of an entire football field, blind. These driver distractions are careless, reckless and negligent.

Our Tampa Bay injury attorneys dig deep to identify negligence such as texting while driving. If the other driver was talking on the phone when the accident occurred or had just sent a text message prior to the accident, phone records will show this information. And, while it does not constitute a traffic violation (yet) as it does in other states, it still reveals how the other driver’s negligence caused your suffering. We will exert the energy and resources necessary to hold the driver responsible and will not settle for anything less than what you deserve!

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