Distracted or inattentive driving is when a driver engages in any activity that might distract them from the primary task of driving — and increases their risk of crashing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Over 3,000 people are killed each year in accidents involving distracted driving and over 300,000 people are injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
Despite the enormity of this danger,many motorists perceive driving as a routine activity, which only requires partial attention. The truth is that attentive driving is critical as the traffic environment changes constantly and drivers must be prepared to react.
Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
Drivers face many distractions behind the wheel. Share these tips with family and friends to take action to stop the distraction:
Cell phones — turn off cell phones, or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial or answer. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts. When making a call, ask if the person is driving. If so, ask them to call back at a safer time.
Music and other controls — pre-program favorite radio stations for easy access and arrange music (mp3 player/CDs/tapes) in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and heat/AC before traveling, or ask a passenger to assist.
Navigation — designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map.
Eating and drinking — try to avoid food/beverage, at least messy foods, and be sure food and drinks are secured.
Children — teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to children while driving.
Passengers — speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior.
Florida’s No Texting Law
In May, 2013, Florida became the 40th. State to make it illegal for drivers to text while driving. Some have argued however that the new law has no teeth since it is only a secondary offense and an officer who observes a driver texting cannot pull that person over.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida auto accident because of a distracted driver, contact the Florida personal injury attorneys of Spinner Law Firm by calling (813) 991-5099 or use our online contact form for free immediate