Every day on their way to work or school numerous drivers can be seen with their eyes down, immersed in their phones. The growing issue of texting and driving can be seen everywhere. In fact, the number of people texting and driving have increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. Recently the public has caught wind that smartphone companies have the capability to put a stop to this problem, yet have not taken action.
Being a distracted driver is dangerous. Distracted driving is often linked to texting and driving, since that is one of the most prominent reasons for drivers to be distracted today. However, there are other ways a driver can become distracted, such as visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Knowing these dangers can help drivers avoid them, but it can also aid people who suffer a serious injury in an auto accident to know whether or not a driver who was distracted might have caused the crash.
Given the ways in which people behind the wheel can be distracted by various activities and devices in today's world, many are unaware as to what Florida's laws are when it comes to distracted driving. Smartphones that allow people to check their emails, text, send photographs, use various outlets for social media and numerous other things makes them an irresistible attraction. Many mistakenly believe that it is safe to look away from the road for a brief moment. However, a car accident can happen in that split second and lead to people being seriously injured or killed.
A roomful of people listened to panelists talk about the dangers of distracted driving at the first Distracted Driving Summit in Tampa this week. One of the panelists was a mother who lost her teenage daughter and unborn grandchild in a distracted driving car accident two years ago. The teenager was crossing a street when a distracted driver on a cell phone hit her; she died from her injuries at the hospital.