What do you do when the phone rings or someone sends you a text message and you are driving? Most people answer the phone or text back, thus engaging in distracted driving behaviors. What most people don’t realize is that distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes and is blamed for thousands of car accidents in Florida each year.

Distracted driving includes anything the driver engages in that takes the focus off driving.  Many advocate groups are trying to raise awareness and educate people that distracted driving has serious consequences and is a deadly decision that drivers shouldn’t be participating in; yet, distracted driving still accounts for nearly 1.6 million accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council.

The official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, Distraction.gov, reports that there were 5,500 Americans killed by distracted driving in 2009, and approximately 500,000 were injured in these distracted driving crashes.

Distracted driving includes:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Texting while driving
  • Eating and drinking
  • Using the navigation system
  • Talking with the passenger or dealing with children in the back seat
  • Finding music on the iPod
  • Using smart phones to check Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites

Distracted driving in Florida has led to many accidents, injuries and even fatalities.  It is something that motorists need to be aware of and stop participating in such behaviors. Not only should a motorist protect themselves, but also other innocent motorists around them.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in Florida, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer today who may be able to help you obtain financial compensation for instances of pain and suffering, medical bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, lost income due to time away from work, and more.