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Dangers of distracted driving in Florida

Driving is a necessity for many people in Florida. Most people do not work within walking distance of their homes and need to get to work each day. People have to go to the grocery store and other places for necessities. They also like to enjoy certain recreational activities, which may not be close to their homes. In order to do all of these activities, they must drive there.

Most of the time, people make it to their destination and back home safely. However, this is not always the case, and there are many car accidents on the road. Some of these accidents can be very severe and cause severe injuries and a lot of damage to one's vehicle.

One of the leading causes of accidents is distracted driving. Since 2012, there has been a 25% increase in accidents caused by distracted driving in Florida. Much of this may be contributed to using a phone while driving, but there are many other types of distractions which cause accidents.

There are three main types of distractions: visual (not watching the road), manual (not holding the steering wheel) and cognitive (not thinking about driving). Obviously, texting is dangerous because it involves all three types of distractions, but many distractions involve just one and can be just as dangerous. Some common types of distractions are: not looking at the road, using GPS devices, eating or drinking, having an unsecured pet, fixing one's hair or makeup, changing the temperature or stereo, daydreaming and many others.

Car accidents happen every day in Florida due to distracted driving. These accidents cause damage to vehicles and injuries to the drivers and passengers. However, the injured parties may be entitled to compensation. This can be very valuable when the victim is stuck with medical bills and loses income due to being unable to work. Experienced attorneys understand the difficulties car accidents cause and may be able to help make one whole again.

Source: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, "Distracted Driving," accessed on July 28, 2015

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