People hear about distracted driving accidents every day, but what many do not realize is that this truly has become an epidemic among drivers of all ages. However, teenagers have a much higher likelihood of driving while distracted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to study this deadly phenomenon as part of its Motor Vehicle Safety efforts.
When a person is injured in an auto accident, whether caused by a distracted driver or other negligent actions, the compassionate and experienced Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients who have been severely injured in car accidents and we will use those skills in pursuing distracted driving cases.
The CDC lists three types of distracted driving:
• Visual – where the driver takes his eyes off of the road;
• Manual – the driver removes his hands from the wheel; and • Cognitive – the driver focuses his thoughts and attention on something other than driving.
The most common example of distracted driving is texting while driving, which combines all three types of distraction.
In 2011, an estimated 3,331 people died in motor vehicle accidents where there was a distracted driver. The number of people injured did decrease slightly from 2010, down to 387,000 from 416,000. Between the years of 2009 and 2011, there was almost a 50% increase in the number of text messages sent in the United States, which does not bode well with future incidents of distracted driving.
The CDC reviewed data from 2011 comparing the habits of American drivers with those of Europeans in seven countries. Drivers in the United States had a higher instance of talking or texting while driving than the European nations, although drivers in Portugal came closest to matching the level of distracted drivers in the United States.
Although distracted driving is a problem across the spectrum of drivers, high school aged drivers have a higher statistical probability of texting while driving. According to the CDC, almost 50% of teenage drivers 16-years-old or older text or e-mail while operating a vehicle. For those reporting this risky behavior, they admitted to having acted in this negligent manner at least once in the thirty (30) days before the date of the question.
An alarming correlation discussed in the CDC report is that teenagers who engaged in the risky behavior of texting or e-mailing while driving were far more likely to get into a car with someone who had been drinking before driving. These young drivers also were more likely to drink and drive themselves when compared to those who did not text and drive.
In order to counteract some of these dangerous behaviors, many states have banned texting while driving, including Florida, and some states are considering laws that will create a tiered system of driving privileges for teenage drivers. The CDC will continue to the effectiveness of these types of laws on the incidences of distracted driving.
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Distracted driving is a serious problem that may only get worse as more young drivers who rely on texting for communication get behind the wheel. If you have been injured by a distracted driver or someone who caused the accident because of some other type of negligence, the knowledgeable and hard working attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We have more than 100 years of collective experience in helping clients get through what likely is the worst time in their lives. Our dedication to our clients has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and an invitation to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. As further testament to our commitment, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. We are available to evaluate your case in an initial consultation at your convenience. Call us (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website.