12/4/2012: This morning, I heard on the radio that a Orlando school bus, which was carrying 25 kids on their way to school, ran a red light, hit a car and then ran into a power pole. To make things worse, the power lines dropped live wires over the bus.
Read more at News4jax:School bus crashes into power pole
Luckily no one was hurt but it got me thinking about distracted driving and how prevalent it is. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been behind a car weaving back and forth “ only to pass the vehicle and see the driver texting while œtrying to drive. I also have been guilty of œtapping a vehicle in front of me, as I turned to look at my crying baby in the back . Both of these scenarios describe different forms of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in Florida, even more so as cell phone use and texting have increased. Drivers who cause accidents by distracted driving are liable for the injuries they cause to others. They need to be held responsible for the harm they cause.
Driver distraction occurs when the driver’s focus is on something other than the primary task of driving. This increases the risk of driver error and crash involvement. Research shows that drivers who talk on a cell phone while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a crash. Although cell phones attract the most attention, there are many in-vehicle and external sources of driver distraction. In fact, cell phone use is typically associated with lower crash risks than are many other common distracters. For example, reaching for a moving object, interacting with passengers, adjusting entertainment systems, and an outside person, object or event are associated with higher crash risks, according to a Distracted Driving study by the Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation Department.
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Unfortunately, Florida is not one of the states with laws that curb distracted driver activities. Maybe during the 2013 Legislation Session, Florida legislators will look into passing some type of law to curb distracted driving. Have you were loved one ever been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver? Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. And from our family to yours: