Texting Accidents Attorney in Orlando
Recent advances in cell phone technology have taken distracted driving to a new level. While all forms of distracted driving create unnecessary dangers for the driver, their passengers and those who share the road, texting behind the wheel is a very alarming new trend. Although some states prohibit or restrict the use of handheld electronic devices while driving, eight states (including Florida) have no restrictions at all. Our personal injury lawyers believe texting and driving represents a form of careless behavior and driver negligence that endangers the well being of others. That's why we offer a free case evaluation for victims of texting accidents. If you've been injured, let Todd E. Copeland & Associates provide you with honest answers and straightforward legal advice.
is Death by Distraction a Real Problem?
Too often, drivers focus on their short-term needs to stay in touch and fail to accurately assess the potential dangers of their actions. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), distracted driving kills more than 9 people and injures more than 1060 people annually. These numbers include using or talking on a cell phone as well as reading or sending text and email messages. In 2011, it was estimated that at least 23% of all auto collisions (approximately 1.3 million crashes) involved distractions caused by the use of a cell phone.
The problem of trying to text while driving is the length of time that a driver is distracted. It takes around 5 seconds of time to read or send a text message. At 55 mph, that means the driver's eyes were off the road for a distance longer than the length of a football field. So, texting ranks number one with the longest eyes-off-the-road time of all distracting activities and makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to occur. Unfortunately, about one in three teenage drivers admit that they have texted others from behind the wheel.
What Does Today's Driver Believe?
Although much is said about multi-tasking in today's high speed world, the human brain can only process actions (and reactions) one problem at a time. So, adults and younger drivers who think they have plenty of processing power left over for non-driving tasks are dangerously mistaken. To receive and send a text message on a cell phone consumes a driver's visual, cognitive and manual skills simultaneously. This leaves little to no time for a distracted driver to make critical judgments and major driving decisions.
According to the NHTSA website (www.distraction.gov), distracting driving related to texting and cell phone use has become a dangerous epidemic and the U.S. Department of Transportation has worked hard to ban texting and use of handheld cellular devices for all commercial drivers. That means we have laws in place to restrict professional drivers who have hundreds of thousands of miles of driving experience, yet 77% of young adults are confident that they can safely operate a motor vehicle while texting behind the wheel.
Causes of Accidents Involving Distracted Drivers
Although driver distractions are not new, the introduction of handheld devices has made communicating with others while driving more dangerous and widespread than ever before. Common causes of distracted driver accidents include:
- Dialing or Talking on a Cell Phone
- Text Messaging While Driving
- Reading or Creating Emails
- Using a Personal Electronic Device
- Responding to Social Media
- Watching Videos or Movies
While there is nothing illegal about using in-car electronics, today's drivers must know when to draw the line. Generally speaking, if you have to remove your eyes from the road, it is a good idea to pull over and prevent a distraction from having tragic consequences.
Why Do I Need an Attorney to Settle My Claim?
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or pedestrian incident with a distracted driver, you deserve to be compensated for your physical injuries, emotional damages and medical expenses. With reduced driver reaction times, texting accidents can have serious consequences since the at-fault party often fails to slow down or even attempt to avoid the collision before it is too late. With the help of our personal injury attorneys and team of experienced accident investigators, we can help you attain a favorable resolution. To discuss the details of your accident, call us today and schedule your free case evaluation.
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The personal injury lawyers at Todd E. Copeland & Associates proudly serve all communities in the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. If you are unable to make it to our office during normal business hours, our attorney will gladly meet you at your home, hospital room or wherever is most convenient to discuss the details of your case. This includes weekends and you will not be charged legal fees of any kind unless we recover money for you or your family. Contact a texting accident attorney in Orlando at (407) 999-8995 or toll free at (888) 999-9149 to learn more about your legal options.