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Florida car accidents frequently caused by distracted drivers

One increasingly common cause of car accidents in today's world is drivers who do not pay attention to the road. While there have been distractions ever since vehicles came into existence, smartphones have added a new and dangerous dynamic into the mix. A recent study has shown that Florida has one of the highest rates of distracted drivers in the U.S. Those who have been injured in a crash should be aware that it is possible that it came about due to a distracted driver.

Using data from a motion-sensing app that calculated aggressive turns, hard braking, accelerating suddenly and speeding as well as other movement, the study accrued information while the driver's phone was in use. Other factors like the phone being in sleep mode or when the driver had a hands-free apparatus were not used for the study. It found that 92 percent of U.S. drivers who had a cell phone used it while in a moving vehicle over the previous month.

After Louisiana, the second worst scores were for drivers from Florida. With the app, 230 million miles and 2.7 million trips were logged. Law enforcement in Florida is not surprised by these results. One assistant chief in Fort Lauderdale says that he was driving and saw a vehicle behind him speeding toward his vehicle. It would have hit him had he not seen it and as the vehicle passed, the officer saw that the driver had a phone in his hand. Since Florida does not have a law mandating tickets for texting and driving, the officer could not stop the driver.

Greater attention is being paid to this problem, particularly in April with it being Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Statistics say that there were nearly 50,000 car accidents because of distracted driving in the state in 2016. These were the cause of more than 3,500 serious injuries and 233 fatalities. These accidents can cause significant damage including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and death. These can lead to substantial medical costs, rehabilitation and the inability to return to work. Given the amount of damage that distracted driving can do, those who were affected by it need to be aware of their rights to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Florida second-worst state for distracted driving, study says," Wayne K. Roustan, April 12, 2017

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