There are a number of different types of driving behaviors that could put you at odds with law enforcement and increase your risk of being involved in a car accident. The month of April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Florida Highway Patrol will be working aggressively to help reduce injuries and fatalities by increasing public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. One of the leading causes of car accidents and injuries in Florida as well as throughout the country, distracted driving occurs whenever drivers take their attention and focus on what is going on behind the wheel. Throughout the month of April, law enforcement will be flooding the roads as well as social media, in efforts to educate drivers and to prevent these accidents from occurring.
Florida Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics
Focus on Driving Florida is the social media campaign developed by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV) to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Through this campaign, they hope to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities by asking the general public to share information about the dangers of distracted driving via social media. According to the FLHSMV, more than 45,000 accidents occurred in Florida in 2015 as a result of the following types of behaviors:
- Eating and drinking while driving;
- Using cell phones, texting, and taking photos and videos;
- Doing personal tasks, such as checking emails, putting on makeup, or adjusting your appearance while operating a vehicle; and
- Diverting your attention from the road to change radio stations or to adjust GPS settings.
Types of Distracted Driving
According to a news release from the FLHSMV concerning the dangers of distracted driving and announcing the new campaign to raise awareness through the month of April, distracted driving is responsible for as much as 15 percent of all car accident injuries in Florida. In addition to the behaviors listed above, even something as simple as talking to other passengers or reaching to comfort a child can divert your attention from the road long enough to result in an accident. The FLHSMV states that there are three categories of distractions that drivers often face:
- Visual distractions, in which your eyes are diverted from the road;
- Manual distractions, in which you take your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive distraction, in which your focus is on something other than the task at hand and the road ahead.
As car crashes and collisions continue to be one of the most common forms of injuries and deaths in Florida and throughout the country, officials hope their efforts at raising the public’s awareness of the dangers can help prevent these accidents from occurring.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as the result of a distracted driver, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, we understand the serious injuries these accidents cause, and can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable so that you can get the compensation you deserve.