Kissimmee Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Texting and other risky behavior causes many accidents
The use of cellphones, video chat and text messaging has exploded in recent years. Cellphones and other devices have become an important part of our everyday lives, but despite their usefulness, they have become one of many distractions for drivers and all too often contribute to serious accidents.
Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. represents Floridians who have been hurt by distracted drivers. If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, our Kissimmee distracted driving accident attorneys can help.
Texting while driving is extremely dangerous
Recent studies not only confirm that texting or otherwise using a mobile device behind the wheel is dangerous, but it is possibly worse than driving while drunk. Statistics reveal that:
- Thousands are killed and injured by distracted drivers — For the most recent year that statistics are available, more than 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving incidents. An additional 3,300 lost their lives.
- Cellphone use is a predominate cause of such accidents — A federal survey of distraction-based crashes revealed that cellphone use accounted for nearly a quarter of fatal accidents involving teenage drivers.
- A single text can be deadly — A study revealed that sending or receiving even one text can distract a driver for the same length of time it takes to drive 100 yards. Using a phone or other device triples the likelihood of getting into an auto accident.
If you have been involved in an accident you suspect resulted from texting, using a phone or other dangerous behavior, the other driver may be legally responsible for your injuries.
Drivers engage in many types of hazardous behavior
Text messaging and phone use are not the only sources of inattentive driving. People engage in a wide variety of irresponsible behaviors behind the wheel. Other sources of distraction include:
- Eating or drinking — More than half of all drivers admit to eating or drinking on occasion or even quite often while on the road.
- Reading — As many as 9 percent of drivers surveyed admitted to reading a book, newspaper, iPad or electronic reader while driving.
- Grooming — Anywhere from 6 percent to 35 percent of Americans admit to grooming using the rear view mirror. This includes putting on makeup and even shaving while driving.
If someone struck your vehicle while performing any of these activities, you may be entitled to compensation as a result of the driver’s negligence.
Speak with one of our Kissimmee accident attorneys if you were struck by a distracted driver
Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. brings extensive trial experience to the table for our clients. If you have been affected by another driver’s reckless behavior, we can seek the compensation you need for your injuries. Contact us at 407.483.0500 or online for a free consultation with one of our experienced Kissimmee accident attorneys at our main office in Kissimmee and our branch offices in Altamonte Springs and Orlando.