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24% of All Auto Accidents Involve Cell Phone Use While Driving

Monday, April 30, 2012

A new study indicates to Florida car accident lawyers exactly how important it is for the state to have some kind of law that will ban the use of cell phones while driving for all motorists.  Florida currently has no law that bans motorists from sending or receiving text messages while driving or using a cell phone while driving.  According to a new report by the National Safety Council, approximately a quarter of all accidents can be linked to motorists using a cell phone while driving.


The report says that 24% of all auto accidents can be linked to persons using cell phones while driving.  Those are scary numbers, especially in a state like Florida that has failed to take proper steps to prevent such reckless behavior by drivers.


The report titled State of the Nation of Cell Phone Distracted Driving, finds that cell phone use which includes both handheld as well as hands-free cell phone use contributes to about 1 million accidents every year.  That works out to approximately 21% of all accidents.  Another 3% of accidents every year are linked to motorists using text messaging devices.


Orlando car accident attorneys fear that the problem is even greater than the report mentions.  We simply do not have strong criteria by which to measure the amount of distraction that can cause an accident.  Also, many drivers choose to leave out the fact that they were using a cell phone while driving, when they are involved in an accident.  There are rarely witnesses to these accidents.  As a result, these accidents are under reported.

Using a cell phone while driving is not the most distracting thing that you could do while driving.  You could be distracted by other behaviors like talking with your passengers, or even snacking while driving.  However, if you are having a conversation with someone on a cell phone, most of your attention is focused on the conversation and not on driving, amplifying your accident risks.

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