distracted driving accidents
According to a report released on Monday by the National Safety Council, deaths related to auto accidents have increased a whopping 14 percent in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same time period last year. A total of almost 19,000 lives were lost on America’s road and highways, with 1,441 of those occurring in the state of Florida. This number represents a 29 percent increase over 2014. This trend is very troubling to safety officials and they have combed the data looking for answers.
Although state lawmakers have not yet passed legislation banning texting while driving, some Florida businesses and non-profit organizations have enacted their own rules preventing employees, students and others from sending and reading texts while behind the wheel. Our state remains one of only six states without laws prohibiting drivers from sending or reading text messages while driving despite overwhelming evidence that drivers who send and read texts are at substantially higher risk for causing and being involved in accidents. James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury attorneys strongly support a texting ban, but, despite numerous bills introduced in recent years, Florida lawmakers have not yet made any of these bills into laws.