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Cause of Some South Florida Car Accidents: 26% of Mobile Phone Users Say They Text While Driving, Per Survey

A new survey commissioned by Vlingo, a mobile application vendor, reports that 26% of cell phone users admit to text messaging while driving. While several US states have laws banning the habit completely and a number of other states have imposed a partial ban on driving while texting, Florida does not have any laws restricting talking texting while operating a motor vehicle. However, Florida Representative Doug Holder is proposing a bill that would ban texting while driving. Texting is fast becoming a cause of many US motor vehicle crashes. 4,816 people took the survey. Results show that nearly 60% of teens and 49% of adults in their 20’s say they text while driving. 13% of older adults—drivers in their 50’s—say also practice this dangerous habit. The American Medical Association calls texting while driving a “public health risk." Not only does text messaging reportedly increase the time a motorist spends not focusing on the road by 400%, but in many cases, a driver that responds to or downloads a text message may have to take one if not both hands off the steering wheel, as well as both eyes off the road—increasing the chances of becoming involved in or causing a deadly Florida car crash. The National Safety Council wants all US states and the District of Columbia to impose a total ban on texting and talking on a cell phone while driving. The Harvard Center of Risk Analysis estimates that 636,000 auto crash, 2,600 fatalities, 330,000 injuries—12,000 of them catastrophic ones—can be attributed to use of the cell phone while driving. These figures rank cell phone talking and texting up there with the kinds of behavior that are considered common forms of distracted driving. Florida also currently does not have any laws restricting or banning the habit of talking on a cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of South Florida motor vehicle accidents. It is a form of negligent driving that can be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit if you or someone you love was seriously injured because a motorist was texting, talking on a cell phone, reading, doing their nails, putting on makeup, eating, or otherwise distracted while operating a vehicle. Survey: 26 percent admit to texting while driving, CNET News, May 20, 2009 Related Web Resources: Cell Phone Driving Laws, Governors Highway Safety Association In Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or any other South Florida city, contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today and ask to speak with one of our experienced Florida car accident lawyers.

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