Driving And Texting Costs Lives

posted: 09/14/2012

"Distracted Driving" was a factor in seven deaths and almost 1,500 injuries on Florida roads in 2010 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That number nearly doubled the next year in 2011 with 145 cases involving a driver texting at the time. Texting while driving has become a huge problem nationwide, not just in Florida. Texting is especially popular with young people, and 46% of teen drivers admit to texting while driving, according to a study by the American Automobile Association.

Texting and driving can be even more dangerous than drinking and driving. A Car and Driverstudy that tested reaction time under a variety of conditions showed that being intoxicated caused drivers to travel an extra 11 feet before braking in respond to a hazard ahead. Reading an email caused them to travel an extra 36 feet, and sending a text message led them to travel an addition 70 feet - about six car lengths.

In December 2011, the five members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) unanimously recommended a nationwide ban on talking on cell phone, texting, and emailing while driving any motor vehicle - even while using a hands-free device. Currently, 39 states have gotten the memo and passed laws against sending messages via mobile devices while behind the wheel. However, Florida has yet to enact legislation banning texting while driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to distracted driving by someone else, we can help. Contact the Pensacola motor vehicle accident attorneys at Ward & Barnes today and we will evaluate your claim free of charge and advise you on your legal rights. Your damages may include permanent injury, loss of use of a part of your body, pain and suffering, loss of work wages, medical bills, and out-of pocket expenses. Every motor vehicle accident in Florida is different. Every set of damages, injuries, and losses is unique. Don't let the insurance company tell you what your claim is worth. Don't let them treat you like just another statistic. Call us today and we will fight to ensure that your rights are protected. Like all our injury cases, we never charge a fee up front and we only get paid if we make a recovery on your behalf.

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