Distracted Driving Accidents
Injured by a distracted driver that was texting, eating, or talking on the phone?
Distracted Driving Safety in Florida
Distracted driving has become a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. There were 3,328 persons killed in 2012 because of distracted driving crashes. The department of transportation has begun an effort to stop text messaging and cell phone use behind the wheel. There are various forms of distracted driving that are contributing to this national epidemic.
Learning More About National Bans
Several national bans have been implemented, that address visual, manual and cognitive driving distractions. National distracted driving summits were held in 2009, which banned text messaging and cell phone use for commercial drivers. There were several campaigns launched to raise more public awareness of this vehicular issue.
Visual, Manual and Cognitive Distractions While Driving
Most jurisdictions have passed state ordinances for distracted driving, including the following:
- Visual distraction is often a problem, when an automobile driver uses a cell phone to dial a number or text a friend, for example.
- Manual distraction can occur when a driver needs to press a key pad, instead of holding a steering wheel correctly.
- Cognitive distraction occurs when a driver is engaged in a conversation on a cell phone or is responding to a text, and is distracted.
- There are 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have banned text messaging for all drivers.
- Twelve states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands have prohibited all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.
- The laws that have been passed are primary laws that relate to driving an automobile. This means that a traffic officer can ticket a driver for a driving offense, without other traffic violations taking place. Several jurisdictions have determined that text messaging and using a cell phone while driving are primary laws. Text messaging has been determined a secondary law in other jurisdictions. This means that an officer can ticket for text messaging, if another offense is in progress, including speeding.
Distracted driving is currently a leading cause of traffic accidents and deaths within the United States. Most American states have passed ordinances that ban text messaging and using a cell phone while driving an automobile. If you believe you have been wrongfully insured by someone that was texting and driving, or was distracted during some other activity, please don’t hesitate to call one of our car accident attorneys at Zimmerman & Frachtman for a free case review.