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The impact of distracted driving

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Distracted driving is exceptionally dangerous driving behavior. Because of the significant harm it can cause victims unexpectedly injured in a distracted driving-related car accident, it is helpful to understand the problem of distracted driving and what victims can do about it.

Grim statistics

During 2021, there were 333 fatalities in Florida due to distracted driving. Greater than 2,700 victims were injured in Florida during 2021 in distracted driving-related car accidents. In addition, there were a total of 56,425 distracted driving-related car accidents in Florida during 2021. The number of victims killed in distracted driving accidents in Florida has increased since 2015.

Distracted driving includes three types of driver distraction. Manual distraction occurs when the driver takes their hands off the steering wheel. Visual distraction occurs when the driver takes their eyes off the roadway and cognitive distraction occurs whenever the driver loses focus on the roadway. Eating while driving, tending to a child in the back seat or using a cell phone while driving can implicate all of these types of driver distraction. Texting while driving involves all three types of distracted driving at once.

Distracted driving is risky and it is important to be familiar with the dangers of distracted driving. Important legal resources exist for victims of distracted drivers and other types of negligent drivers who have been harmed by driver carelessness. A personal injury claim for damages against a distracted driver may help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a car accident. It can be crucial for car accident victims and their families to be familiar with these important legal protections.