Our Miami Personal Injury Attorneys Invite You To Take Our Distracted Driving Quiz!
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Florida and across the nation. The personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are alarmed by the high rates of distracted drivers in our area. Our attorneys recognize that some people simply do not understand what behaviors constitute distracted driving or how dangerous driving distracted can be. We offer a quiz below to test your distracted driving knowledge:
Q. True or False: If you are stopped at a traffic light it is okay to read or return a text.
A. False: It is extremely dangerous to text while you are stopped at a traffic light. You may not see when the light changes and could start to drive too late, or too early. Texting while driving is against the law while the vehicle is in operation, which includes while it is stopped at a traffic light.
Q. True or False: Using a hands-free device is a safe alternative to using your cell phone while driving.
A. False: Several studies have shown that hands-free devices can cause significant distraction to drivers. Even though your hands are on the wheel, your mind will be torn off the road if you are talking, texting, or engaging in other activities with your hands-free device.
Q. Approximately how many people are killed due to distracted driving each day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)?
A. Sadly, each day about nine people are killed due to distracted driving. This equates to over 3,200 fatalities each year. It is possible the true incidence of distracted driving is far higher. Distracted driving can be hard to identify because, unlike drunk driving, there is not a clear test for it. This makes it imperative that anyone injured in a potential distracted driving crash contact a Miami car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Q. True or False: Teen drivers are the most likely to drive distracted and comprise nearly a third of all distracted driving fatalities.
A. True: Teens have the highest rates of distracted driving and 27 percent of all those killed in distracted driving accidents are teens. Teen drivers are not just texting and driving. A large number of teens have admitted to driving and using social media, taking videos or pictures, video chatting, surfing the web, and more. Protect your teen by explaining to them the dangers of distracted driving and setting strict consequences if your teen refuses to put down the phone.
Q. True or False: It is legal to talk on the phone while driving in Florida.
A. True: Florida has a ban on texting while driving, but not on talking on your phone. However, you should only talk on your device with caution. If you cause an accident while talking on the phone, you may be ticketed or worse. Further, talking on the phone is not always safe. Talking on your phone is a form of distraction and you could cause an accident. So even though it is legal in Florida, drivers are recommended to refrain from talking while driving.
Contact the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!
Distracted driving can result in serious injuries and even death. If you are injured by a potentially distracted driver, contact the Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. Our personal injury lawyers will help you to identify immediately whether the driver was distracted at the time of the crash. We will then fight to see that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case. We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us online.