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Young drivers much more likely to engage in distracted driving

There are many drivers from all age groups driving on Florida roads. Given that, people of all age groups also are involved in accidents. These accidents can be caused by a number of factors such as driving too fast, drunk driving and many others. However, one major contributor to accidents is distracted driving. There are many things that can distract a driver, such as abnormal things happening outside of the car, reaching for a drink or food, trying to follow directions and many others.

One of those other distractions is cell phone use. Most people have cell phones. They can be very convenient, but they can also be very distracting while driving. Especially when people text or email. Studies show this can be one of the most distracting activities because it involves visual, manual and cognitive distractions. An average text takes a driver's eyes off the road for approximately five seconds. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, it means that a driver is not looking at the road for approximately 300 feet, and a lot can happen in that distance.

It may come as no surprise to many, but drivers under the age of 25 are most likely to send a text or email while driving. In fact, they are three times more likely to send a text than those over 25. They are also the least likely as passengers to tell a driver to put his or her phone down. According to a survey, 44% of drivers between the ages of 18 - 20 send texts while driving, and 49% of drivers between 21 -24 send texts.

Distracted driving causes many vehicle accidents every year in Florida. According to studies and surveys, texting while driving is one of the most dangerous activities, and almost 50% of young drivers do it.

The accidents caused by distracted driving can be very detrimental for the victim both financially and medically. It can be a long road to recovery and to proper compensation for the damage and injuries. Experienced attorneys understand how car accidents can affect a person's life and may be a useful resource after an accident.

Source: distraction.gov, "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" accessed on February 2, 2015

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