In Florida, as in many other states, drivers have a legal duty to use reasonable care anytime they are engaged in something that might foreseeably cause harm. This includes avoiding distractions while driving. Unfortunately, many drivers do not take this responsibility seriously and engage in activities that could jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on the road. If someone your safety by causing you to be injured in a car accident then contacting a car accident lawyer may be necessary.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, an average of 370,000 crashes happen in this state each year. A large percentage of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers.
There are many things that can distract a driver, but one of the most common distractions is cell phone use. Many drivers think they can safely text or email while driving, but this is simply not the case. Texting or emailing requires a driver to take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel, which increases the risk of an accident. In addition, most would argue that any cognitive distraction that changes the driver’s focus from driving can cause an accident.