07.02.2014

Studies Show that Texting and Driving May Be More Dangerous Than DUI

Recently, studies have surfaced exposing the true dangers of using technology while driving. Dr. David Strayer, a Professor of Neural Science at the University of Utah, has been studying distraction driving over ten years. Dr. Strayer’s research reveals that texting and driving is twice as dangerous as drinking and driving. Why? According to Dr. Strayer’s research, a person handling a cellphone while driving increases their likelihood of getting into a car crash by four times, which is equivalent to driving under the influence at 0.08. Additionally, the studies show that on average, a person using a cellphone while driving will look down at the cellphone to text or use another application for approximately five seconds. Although five seconds may not seem like much, if the driver is driving at a rate of 35mph and looks down at his/her cellphone for five seconds, the driver will have traveled the length of a football field! That’s over 120 yards (meaning more than 360 feet in length)!! There is no doubt that texting while driving poses a great risk for the driving public.

Texting and driving is the number one cause in fatal accidents involving teenagers. It is important that our community become aware of and appreciate the risks we face by choosing to drive and text at the same time. Florida has acknowledged the dangers of texting and driving and has passed a state law that makes texting and driving illegal.

Dr. Strayer’s research has already influenced our Florida legal system. In West Palm Beach, Florida, a civil circuit judge allowed a plaintiff, who suffered physical injuries in a car crash allegedly caused by a driver who was texting at the time of the crash, to make a claim against the driver for punitive damages. In that case, the jury will be able to decide if the driver was grossly negligent when texting and driving at the time the crash occurred.

If you have been injured in a car crash and the driver that crashed into you was texting and driving, you should speak to an attorney regarding your rights. In order to preserve any evidence of texting and driving, your attorney should be notified as soon as possible. Note that most cellphone providers only keep text records for up to a year from date of use. Additionally, a lawsuit must be filed in order to subpoena the cellphone records of the at-fault driver.

At Conerly, Bowman & Dykes, we represent injured victims under the same or similar situations. We will fight aggressively to get you the proper compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. Call us today for a free legal consultation with one of our trial lawyers. (850) 837-5118 or (850) 837-LAWS. Personal Injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis which provides that we only get paid if you get paid form your claim or case.

 

 

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