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Distracted driving still a common cause of car accidents

As Florida residents are undoubtedly aware, distracted driving is a problem that is not going away. State and federal agencies have made a significant effort to educate and enlighten people as to the dangers of the practice. Unfortunately, with the advent of smartphones and other handy devices as well as the ability to connect with endless people and information, it still goes on and is getting worse. This is relevant as April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that around 88 percent of drivers who are classified as millennials took part on a minimum of one dangerous activity while driving and are considered the drivers who behave the worst in the U.S. Another study from AT&T says that the number of people who allow themselves to be distracted by smartphones are equally worrisome. Out of every 10 people, 7 use a smartphone while driving. 62 percent have the device within their reach while driving. Almost 4 of every 10 users of smartphones use social media when driving. 3 out of 10 will surf the web. 1 out of 10 will video chat.

More than one-quarter of people using social media are on Facebook. 1 in 7 say they are on Twitter with 30 percent saying that they post on Twitter "all the time" while driving. 22 percent state they have an addiction to social media. People shooting videos is a dangerous act and 27 percent say they can do this safely while behind the wheel. Taking photos of themselves - AKA "selfies" - is another behavior drivers engage in. Statistically, the number of people who are injured or killed in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and other kinds of crashes while on the road is substantial with up to 6,000 people dying and as many as 600,000 people injured annually. For context, there are fewer than 300,000 people killed on a yearly basis by a drunk driver.

When there is a car accident, it is important to know the circumstances under which it happened. Some accidents are unavoidable and are difficult to determine why they happened. Others have telltale signs that they occurred because of a distracted driver. Regardless of the situation, when there are injuries or a fatality in a car accident, the injured party and the family of the person who died need to consult with an attorney to discuss a possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: Huffington Post, "The Habit Of Distracted Driving: It Only Takes A Glance," Sue Scheff, March 31, 2017

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