Though you never anticipate being involved in a Daytona Beach car accident when you leave the driveway, many factors can make this nightmare a reality. In many instances, such as distracted driving, the negligence of another driver can leave you with a serious injury and unable to earn a living.
Distracted Diving Defined
Distracted driving can be defined in many ways. However, Distraction.gov defines distracted driving as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.
A Look at Key Stats
Amazingly enough, there are still those out on the Florida roadways who have yet to be convinced that driving distracted is dangerous. The facts are alarming and should not be ignored:
- 3,331 people lost their lives in 2011 due to American accidents involving driving distractions.
- Approximately 387,000 people were injured due to distracted driving accidents in 2011.
- The year before, in 2010, distracted drivers accounted for nearly 18 percent of all accidents.
Common Driving Distraction Behaviors
No matter the activity, driving distractions are dangerous and should be avoided at all times when behind the wheel. A driving distraction puts your life, your passengers’ lives, and the lives of those with whom you share the roadways at risk. Common activities to avoid include:
- Using your cell phone
- Texting and driving
- Eating or drinking
- Turning your head to talk to other passengers
- Adjusting radio dials and using your GPS system
- Personal grooming
Teen Driving Behaviors
Statistics suggest that teenaged drivers represent the largest proportion of drivers who drive distracted. According to recent studies, 11 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in deadly crashes were reportedly distracted at the time of the incident.
In addition, 40 percent of American teens report they have been in a vehicle when the driver was using a cell phone in a way they considered dangerous.
Determining if You Have a Case
You might be able to hold the other driver liable for your injuries if your accident was caused by their negligence. However, determining the merits of your case is not that simple. That is why you should call our team of experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.
We will take the time to review your case carefully, advise you on your next course of action, and treat you with the respect you deserve. Our goal is to get you and your family the compensation you deserve.