Have you ever been driving and had oncoming traffic cross the centerline or nearly cross it? Chances are good that text messaging on a cell phone was distracting the driver. Every driver knows that talking on his or her cell phone while driving is distracting and dangerous. Driving while attempting to read a text message or send one is even more unsafe and increases the chances of causing an auto accident dramatically. More than one in three drivers aged 16 to 17 admit sending or receiving a text message while driving in the last month. More than one in five experienced adult drivers admit that they also have sent or received a text. Texting while driving is comparable to driving while legally drunk, and like drunk driving, texting while driving is negligent behavior. Have you been injured in an accident caused by a texting driver? If so, call Florida texting accident attorney James O. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY.
Orlando Cell Phone Texting Accident Lawyer Helping Accident Victims
Anything that causes drivers to take their eyes off the road, even for a moment, is worrisome. Studies have indicated repeatedly that talking on a cell phone while driving is extremely distracting. The same studies also show that of all cell phone-related activities, texting while driving is the most dangerous. People who choose to send and receive texts while driving willfully take their eyes away from the road an average of 4.6 of every six seconds of drive time. This means that while drivers are texting, they are paying less than 25 percent of their attention to operating their vehicles. For more evidence of the danger of sending or receiving texts while driving, consider the following:
- A car traveling at 55 mph covers around 81 feet per second. So, if a driver is sending or receiving a text while going 55, he or she is not looking at the road for roughly 370 of every 486 feet of travel.
- One in five adult drivers sends texts while driving
- A driver who texts is six times more likely to cause an auto accident than a drunk driver is
- The NHTSA conducted a study in 2005 that found that at any given hour of the day, ten percent of drivers are talking on a handheld or hands-free phone
- Most Americans admit that talking on a cell phone and texting are two of the most dangerous things to do when driving. Yet, 81 percent admit to making phone calls while driving.
Orlando Texting Accident Lawyer
Numerous studies have found that the majority of drivers know that talking on cell phones, and texting while driving in particular, is dangerous behavior that dramatically increases their chances of causing or being involved in an accident. Yet they continue to willfully engage in this risky and negligent behavior and endanger the lives of other people. If you or someone you care for have been injured or killed in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, Orlando cell phone texting accident attorney James O. Cunningham may be able to help. To schedule a free consultation, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY.