Phone use while driving is popular; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most recent survey reported that five percent of all drivers, or one in 20, were observed using a cell phone while driving. The NHTSA estimates that 800,000 drivers are on their phones at any given time during daylight hours.
In January 2010, the NTHSA estimated that 28 percent of all reported crashes were caused by cell-phone use – that’s 1.6 million crashes every year. Applying that percentage to the most current statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles suggests that over 65,000 accidents in Florida every year are caused by drivers talking or texting while driving.
The car accident and personal injury attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano encourage safe driving. Never text while driving, and try to limit conversations on the phone by pulling over to a safe place or waiting until you are at a stop light before picking up the phone. If you have a passenger with you, let them use the phone so you can focus on driving. If you have Bluetooth or other hands-free options, use them whenever possible.
The law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, frequently represents victims of car accidents and other personal injury accidents. The firm is dedicated to making our highways and roads safer for everyone. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, please visit our website at www.sgglaw.com to learn how we can help.