By now, everyone understands the dangers of texting while driving. Yet, we see people do it every day. Look around while sitting at a traffic light. At least one driver around you is probably sending or receiving texts. If a driver coming from the opposite direction crosses or nearly crosses the centerline, chances are pretty good that they have some type of mobile telecommunication device in one hand. Perhaps most disconcerting of all, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that the number of drivers texting and reading texts while driving is growing every year. Causing an accident while a driver is texting, reading texts or otherwise distracted by a cell phone is negligent, and a texting driver can be held liable for the damages they cause. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Orlando cell phone texting accident lawyer James O. Cunningham today.
Have you or someone you care for been injured in an accident caused by a texting driver? Call Florida texting accident attorney James O. Cunningham today at 888.352.2886!
Orlando Texting Accident Lawyer Helping Injured People and Their Families
The U.S. Department of Transportation held a distracted driving summit in September 2009 and announced the results of a study on distracted drivers including information about the accidents they cause and other disturbing statistics. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told the audience that cell phone use while driving increases every year, particularly in younger, less experienced drivers. He also said that at any given moment in this country in 2008, there were 812,000 vehicles driven by people with cell phones in their hands. In addition, the study found that people using either a handheld or hands-free phone were driving an estimated 11 percent of all vehicles on the road. We all know that sending and receiving texts is even more distracting than using a cell phone to converse with another person. To further illustrate the dangers of texting while driving, consider these statistics:
- In 2008, nearly 6,000 people were killed in distracted driving auto accidents
- More than 500,000 people were injured in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers
- Your risk of being in an auto accident that results in injuries is four times higher when a driver uses a handheld device
- A driver sending or receiving texts spends 4.6 out of every six seconds with his or her eyes off the road
- On average, texting while driving results in a 400 percent increase in the time a driver spends not looking at the road
- Around 20 percent of experienced adult drivers in the U.S. send texts while driving
Aggressive Orlando Cell Phone Texting Accident Lawyer
Every driver knows that texting while driving is dangerous, negligent behavior, but some drivers continue to do it despite the documented dangers. Texting accidents always happen to other people. Until they cause a texting accident. If you or someone you care for has been injured or killed in an auto accident caused by a texting driver, Florida texting accident attorney James O. Cunningham may be able to help. He is a personal injury attorney who has been helping accident victims and their families since 1977. To schedule a free consultation, call him today at 8880352.2886.