It is certainly no secret to anyone that distracted drivers are out on the roads in droves daily. Even though driving while texting on a smartphone is illegal, chances are you could find numerous motorists engaging in these acts on their way out of driveways, at stop signs, red lights, and while in motion on the streets and highways of Florida and the rest of the US. Distracted driving is the number one killer and top reason for injuries and traffic incidents.
While texting and talking on phones are the most obvious forms of distraction while driving, the Florida Department of Transportation reminds everyone that there are many other ways to be distracted (and a hazard to others) too, from engaging with other passengers and small children, to eating and drinking, grooming on the way to work or an event, or fiddling with other electronics or items in the car that may force you to take your eyes off the road. There is hardly a shortage of public safety campaigns regarding the issue yet distracted and reckless driving continue to persist. And sadly, so does the deadly activity of driving under the influence.
Drinking and driving has decreased significantly in the past few decades due to intense campaigns like those of MADD, but it is still one of the major reasons for accidents and fatalities, along with other unfortunate classics like speeding and reckless driving. The CDC reports that still, one in three accidents is drinking-related. Even with greater ease these days in getting a ride from a service like Uber or Lyft, far too many injuries are caused because of individuals who got behind the wheel while intoxicated and practiced impaired judgment.
If you are on the road and suspect you may be in the vicinity of a drunk or dangerous driver, call 911 if it seems necessary. In the meantime, drive defensively and try to get as far away as possible from anyone who is obviously not following the rules of the road. A drunk driver may be swerving, speeding up or slowing down erratically, or tailgating others. If you are in an accident with a drunk driver, be very careful about approaching them as they could have unpredictable or violent behavior. They may also be injured and in need of an ambulance, just as you or your passengers may be.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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