August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It might be surprising to learn that some forms of distracted driving
are even more dangerous than driving drunk, but that's exactly what recent research has proven, according to Distraction.gov. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in the U.S. from distraction-related car crashes. This number was up from 3,267 the previous year. And a staggering 387,000 people were injured in 2011 by distracted drivers.
As a result, several states are enacting laws to control or eliminate texting and driving and other types of common distractions that cause accidents, say the Centers for Disease Control.
Laws against texting and driving in Florida
The Sun Sentinel says Florida legislators recently banned texting and driving, although police can't pull over a person for texting unless he or she is committing another driving infraction. Still, the law should make people aware that distracted driving is deadly, if they haven't realized it already.
Common driving distractions
There are many different distractions that a driver may face every time he or she gets behind the wheel. These include other passengers in the car, using a navigation system, adjusting the radio, grooming, eating, drinking and reading. Of course, texting and using a cell phone top the list as the most dangerous distractions.
There are a few things that drivers can do to help them focus on driving and keep distractions to a minimum, says AAA:
Finishing dressing and grooming before getting into the vehicle.
Eat before or after the trip or avoid messy food and drinks.
Secure children and pets before starting the car.
Store loose items so they don't roll around the car and cause a distraction.
Turn off electronics and set them aside.
Have a passenger help with distractions, or pull over if needed.
By taking a few simple precautions, and making some adjustments beforehand, it's possible to avoid a deadly accident.
Contacting an attorney
Despite the best intentions and the most careful precautions, there are always going to be drivers on the road who don't keep safety in mind. Unfortunately, these drivers may share the road with you, and can cause an accident at any time. If you've been hurt by a distracted driver, it's important to speak with a personal injury attorney with experience in distracted driving accidents. You may be eligible for compensation of your medical expenses, and an attorney can advise you of your rights.