Florida drivers often see other people on the road who are distracted by their phone while behind the wheel, and these distractions can sometimes lead to car accidents. According to Everdrive, distracted driving is a pervasive problem across the United States.
Everdrive is a safety app that tracks some of the things that drivers do on the road. In 2017, the app tracked drivers in Mississippi as well as Louisiana and Alabama performing habits that are deemed dangerous while driving. Drivers have been tracked using a phone at least 40 percent of the time they are on the road.
States that regulate using phones while driving see lower numbers of distractions. These states include Hawaii, Oregon and Vermont. Some of these states have made it completely illegal to use a phone for any reason while driving as even talking on a cellphone can take a driver’s hands off the wheel and mind off the road.
Over 390,000 people were injured because of distracted drivers in 2015, and over 3,400 people died in vehicle accidents because of distracted drivers. Cellphone use is not always to blame; these numbers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also include drivers who are distracted by changing the radio or trying to get something off the floor while driving.
When someone is abiding by the rules and regulations of driving and is involved in an accident because the other driver is distracted, there is a possibility of injuries. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist drivers in pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering that resulted from an accident.