Experts say that mobile phone use is a factor in roughly a quarter of all car crashes throughout Florida and the rest of America. A study conducted by the Society for Risk Analysis shows that talking on a phone doubles the risk for a crash while texting increases that risk by sixfold. However, researchers found that many drivers are unconvinced of the dangers and have negative attitudes toward road safety.
First of all, the study profiled those groups that had the strongest intention of driving distracted. Researchers identified four such categories: women drivers, drivers with negative attitudes toward safety, uninhibited drivers and drivers who call and text frequently. Women were found to be more likely than men to use their phones behind the wheel. Less experienced drivers were more likely to be distracted, too.
Nearly 70 percent of the study’s participants said they would need a lot of convincing before they take the dangers of texting seriously. Despite this, researchers found that participants called more than they texted; the latter, after all, comes with visual demands. Participants also showed some degree of self-regulation. For instance, they avoided phone use when in heavy traffic and in the presence of law enforcement personnel.
Distracted driving is negligent driving, and those who engage in it will be to blame for any auto accidents they cause. With help from a lawyer, a victim can file a claim against a negligent driver’s insurance company in the effort to collect damages. The attorney can hire accident investigators, photographers and medical experts to build up the case. Legal counsel could even negotiate on the victim’s behalf and assist with litigation if it comes to that.