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Skilled Attorneys Litigate Florida Distracted Driving Accidents

Statistics show how devices and bad habits affect highway safety

Driving is an activity that requires our full attention. Yet, because it’s something we do every day, we can get lax about safety and engage in risky behavior. At The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., we’ve seen up close the consequences of distracted driving: severe collisions and shattered lives. Although we can never fully remove human error from the traffic safety equation, we can each do our part to eliminate distractive activity and avoid unnecessary pain and suffering.

Eliminating common distractions of Florida roadways

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounts for approximately 10 percent of fatal car accidents and 17 percent of all injury accidents. Distractive behavior that invites an accident includes:

  • Adjusting audio equipment
  • Cell phone use
  • Drinking
  • Eating
  • Focusing on outside distractions
  • Grooming
  • Reaching for an object
  • Reading, including maps
  • Talking to passengers
  • Texting
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching videos

Texting while driving requires a motorist to take attention away from the road for a minimum of 5 seconds on average, which is long enough to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph. You wouldn’t dare do that blindfolded, so why do it without looking up?

What are the laws governing cell phone use in Florida?

Florida is not one of the many states that have limited cell phone use while driving. However, the state does urge drivers to use their cell phones prudently. At The Matassini Law Firm, we recommend that you:

  • Make safety your first priority — Never use your phone without being aware of its potential for distracting your driving. Although no driving scenario is ever without risk, higher speed and higher volume traffic scenarios require your undivided attention.
  • Plan ahead — If you know you might be getting a call, put your earbuds in place and have the phone within easy reach to answer.
  • Use a hands-free device — Although you must be mindful that the conversation itself is potentially distracting, having to hold and operate your phone with one hand prevents you from steering with both hands and can tempt you to take your eyes off the road.
  • Dial smart — Smartphones with voice activation allow you to call someone without searching through your contacts.
  • Limit your time on the phone — Exchange essential information then hang up. Don’t get engrossed in the conversation; the longer you’re on the phone, the more your mind will drift from the task of driving.
  • Pull over — If the conversation becomes emotionally charged, get out of traffic to a place where you can safely stop and talk.

Call our Tampa attorneys to discuss your distracted driving accident

If a distracted driver injured you or a loved one, The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. is ready to provide capable and compassionate legal assistance. Our firm offers a free initial confidential conference with an experienced personal injury attorney.  Call us today at 813.379.2007 or contact us online.

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