Articles Tagged with Distracted Driving

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Motorists have a duty to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. This duty can be breached if a driver is exceeding the speed limit, following at an unsafe distance, driving while distracted, or otherwise driving in an unreasonable or unsafe manner.

On December 1, a high school senior tweeted “Seatbelt warnings are smart for cars. You could just be driving and someone else could be the dumbass. Be safe.” Less than two hours later he was killed in an auto accident, but not because he was speeding or driving while distracted, and not because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the teen was stopped at an intersection when the driver of a Nissan minivan ran a red light at a “high rate of speed”, jumped the center concrete median, and slammed into his Honda Accord. Those two vehicles veered into the path of a commercial gasoline tanker truck, pushing it into a Lexus.

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There are many contributing factors in many auto-pedestrian accidents; driver inattention being the most common cause.

A 38-year-old Clearwater, Florida man has been charged with two counts of fleeing the scene of a crash involving bodily harm after he struck two pedestrians on a sidewalk.

According to police, a 2003 Honda Civic driven by the man, passed through an intersection and veered off the road, striking the pedestrians. When the driver failed to stop, a witness on a motorcycle followed him to a convenient store, called 911, and detained the man until police arrived. The two pedestrians were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

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Auto accidents caused by distracted drivers are among the most likely to result in serious or fatal injuries. Cellphone usage alone is responsible for thousands of car crashes and injuries in the United States every year.

Despite study after study showing the devastating consequences of distracted driving; despite many states implementing laws against cell phone use and texting while driving — many motorists are still doing it. Most people don‘t even give it a second thought; they are convinced that they will be unaffected by this behavior. Auto manufacturers will acknowledge the risks, but continue to develop more gadgets that lead to more distractions. When will it stop?

Contrary to the negative public perception of personal injury attorneys, many of those attorneys have placed themselves squarely on the front lines in the fight against distracted driving. They advocate for safer roads and they stand up for the rights of seriously injured victims, or family member who have lost loved ones because someone was driving while distracted.