The Perazzo Law Firm serves victims injured from accidents involving Texting & Driving in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
Smartphones Riding Shotgun
Ever since the smartphone started riding shotgun in 2007 with the launch of the first iPhone, texting and driving has been an ever-growing cause of motor-vehicle related accidents in modern cities around the world. Negligent cell phone use while behind the wheel of cars, buses, trucks, recreational and construction vehicles is said to account for some 2.0 million accidents per year. According to statistic reports, over 650,000 motorists are distracted by cell phone use during daytime driving. Reports show that close to 400,000 individuals are hurt each year from texting and driving related incidents, with 25% occurring in major U.S cities such as Miami. According to research conducted throughout 2018, 69 % of motorists between the ages of 18 and 64 admit to using their cell phone while driving and admitted to being aware of the increased chances of crashing. A recent survey by AAA, revealed that 94% of teenage motorists admitted to ignoring the dangers that negligent cell phone use while driving represent. Teenagers also rank at the top when it comes to texting and driving fatalities, with more than 58% of all fatal accidents involving negligent cell phone use. Sadly, everyday in the USA, 11 teenagers die in texting and driving related accidents.
Texting and Driving Facts:
- Texting takes five seconds away from a driver’s attention span.
- At 55 mph, it would take 300 ft. before a car can stop in time to prevent an accident.
- Close to 20% of all motorists surf the web while driving.
- Only 3 U.S. states do not have texting and driving laws in place.
- Motorists are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident when using their cell phone while driving.
- 90% of teenagers reply or expect a reply to a text message or email within five minutes or less. This prompts negligence behind the wheel.
- Drivers that text or surf while driving are 8 times more likely to crash than those that do not use their cell phones behind the wheel.
- Distracted drivers killed 520 pedestrian fatalities in 2014.
- Almost 500,000 people are hurt each year because of negligent cell phone use while driving.
- Texting and driving while under the influence most often end in an accident.
- A texting and driving accident that ends in fatality to the accident victim, may lead to a murder charge.
- Texting and driving is more likely when there are no passengers in the vehicle.
- Eating, drinking, shuffling through a playlist, can be just as dangerous as texting and driving.
Pedestrians and Negligent Cell Phone Use
Pedestrians are also inflicting injury upon themselves through negligent cell phone use; either by either jaywalking (which accounts for a large percentage of pedestrian related fatalities) or by not being alert to distracted motorists as they cross at a crosswalk. The end results can be tragic. According to a recent study, Miami ranks as one of the most dangerous U.S. cities for pedestrians. Jaywalkers and the elderly are the most at risk of being run over by a car, motorcycle, or truck. Their chances of being killed increase when coupled with negligent cell phone use. Sadly, there seems to be no real cure for the addiction to cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle.
Perazzo Law Shares Insight into Cell Phone use Safety:
Texting while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a growing epidemic which can only be cured by the individual in control of their vehicle. Despite laws and bans on cell phone use while driving, it is very difficult for law enforcement agencies to keep a close eye on every driver on the road. Thus, Perazzo Law has put together a list of suggestions for motorists that can’t help using their phone while driving.
- If you are driving, refrain from texting or taking your eyes off the road. A collision can occur in the blink of an eye. If replying to or reading a text message is urgent, pull the vehicle over when safe to do so.
- Refrain from using your cell phone while operating your vehicle in congested traffic conditions or in areas where pedestrians and cyclists are taking part in recreational activities.
- Do not use your cell phone to text or read messages while driving in bad whether. Slippery roads make it harder to stop and rain on your windshield makes it harder to see. These factors greatly increase the chances of an accident.
- Watch out for jaywalkers or pedestrians that are looking down at their phones as well. Many times they will not notice oncoming vehicles as they cross at intersections or fail to notice traffic lights.
- Dogs and children are often victim to motorists distracted by negligent cell phone use. Do not use your cell phone in suburban areas as residents tend to be more relaxed and children play in the street.
- Do not read or write texts while operating your vehicle at high speeds. High speed collisions most often end in tragedy.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that texting while driving causes the driver to take his/her eyes off the road for approximately 5 seconds, which can be devastating when driving through urban areas and on high speed roadways. Braking and reaction times are fundamental to avoiding collisions with pedestrians, animals, or other vehicles. With eyes off the road and on the smartphone, stopping and reacting in time takes a back seat. For the average driver operating a car or light truck with good tires on a dry surface, the average rate for braking is estimated at 15 feet per second (fps). According to research, a car operating at 40 mph on a dry road, will need 80 ft. before coming to a full stop. This said, the reaction times and distances needed to brake become important and devastating factors that motorists need to consider while texting and driving. In a survey carried out by the NHTSA more than 90 percent of drivers are aware that texting while driving increase their chances of being involved in an accident. Sadly, there seems to be no real cure for the addiction to cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle.
If you, a friend or relative has been hurt in an texting and driving related accident in Miami, Perazzo Law urges you to contact its Miami or North Miami Beach Law offices ONLINE for a FREE consultation to discuss an accident claim.
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