April is Distracted Driving Awareness month in Florida, and law enforcement officials work hard to educate the public about the number of deaths in Florida each year due to distracted driving. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like their effort is doing much good.
Below, we’re going to take a look at some alarming statistics, cover distracting driving in more detail, and well you what you can do if you are hit by a distracted driver.
Florida Distracted Driving Statistics
Distracted driving incidents have increased 25 percent since 2013, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Young adults aged 20 to 24 are most likely age group to cause distracted driving accidents due to technology use.…
The promise of self-driving cars is both incredibly audacious and hopeful. No more “wasted” time spent driving. Faster, more efficient commutes. A drastic reduction in accidents.
Someday – perhaps even someday soon – that future may come. Right now, though, we are at the beginning of a transition period, and there are still big hiccups and big questions. One of those “hiccups” occurred recently when another Autopilot-enabled Tesla vehicle crashed in California.
Here is what happened:
On Monday, January 22, 2018, in Culver City, a Tesla Model S crashed into the back of a parked fire truck on Interstate 405 traveling at what witnesses estimate was about 65 mph.…
Remember “Pokemon Go?” A few months ago, it was the hottest app around. Millions of Pokemon fans around the world could live out their dreams of being a Pokemon master around their town or city. However, just as quickly as it caught on, it started causing controversy – the app was distracting drivers and pedestrians alike, causing countless accidents and even deaths on the road.
Pokemon Go shed a fresh light on the fact that phones can cause distracted driving due to more than just texting – you can put yourself in big danger from opening up any app on your phone. In fact, though texting and driving has become the poster child for dangerous behavior while behind the wheel, some sources say that it takes a backseat to the dangers of using phone apps while driving.…
We’re not going to sugarcoat the statistics of distracted driving… it’s a deadly habit. And unfortunately, it’s one that is especially prevalent among teenagers and young adults.
Now that your teenagers are back in school, they may be driving every day, and at the exact same time as hundreds of other students. With so many young drivers out on the road, it is normal for parents to get nervous. After all, young drivers are inexperienced. And with the rates of texting and driving as high as they are, there is a good chance your teen has been tempted to (or possibly even has) picked up the phone while behind the wheel.…
Smartphones allow us to hold the world at our fingertips, and make great companions for road trips. We can play music, get directions, and make reservations at the push of a button. Using a smartphone while you’re behind the wheel, however, is an extremely dangerous form of distracted driving.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is becoming more and more common, and racks up millions of dollars in damages every year. From getting a ticket to receiving compensation for your damages, here is everything you need to know about distracted driving:
What Is Distracted Driving?
The name says it all, doesn’t it? Distracted driving is anything that takes your attention off the road.…
Here’s a shocking bit of information. Drunk drivers—though still a real threat—aren’t what most American drivers are afraid of on the road today.
Maybe it’s because drunk driving is on the decline in our country. After years in the spotlight in PSAs, driver’s ed classes, police crackdowns, and outreach campaigns, it seems that the message has finally begun to take hold among today’s younger drivers.
But fear of drunk drivers has been replaced with another fear that many believe poses a greater threat—distracted drivers.
According to a recent survey released by Kelley Blue Book, 97% of consumers surveyed said drivers who use their cellphone behind the wheel represent one of their biggest safety concerns.…
Distracted driving has become rampant on roadways in Florida and across the country, outranking drunk driving as our nation’s leading cause of auto accident fatalities.
Distracted driving-related crashes have skyrocketed over the last decade, as smartphones, music players, and navigation systems have grown in prevalence. Too often, drivers forget that cars can be dangerous weapons when handled improperly, allowing their attention to drift away from the task of driving in order to answer a text message, bite into a burger, or change a song. Texting while driving is especially dangerous since it takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.…
While a lot of people are happy to believe that texting is a folly of the young—like having too much homework or not being able to hang out with friends on school nights—this is simply not the case. In fact, according to a new study from AAA, the opposite is true. According to this new research, teens and young adults are actually not the biggest offenders of texting while driving. Adults are.
Yes, you read that right. And no, the study is not faulty. According to AAA, drivers between the ages of 25 and 39 were actually two times more likely than younger drivers to report using a cell phone while driving.…
In early September, Apple unveiled its two newest products—the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch. The spy gadget-like Apple Watch, which users can wear around their wrists like a traditional watch, will feature over 50 applications and allow users to do things like respond to text messages, make payments, and navigate with GPS. The new iPhone, meanwhile, will have a larger screen, theoretically making it easier to consume information on the go.
While many Apple fans are excited to be able to get their hands on these products soon, the new devices also raise some safety concerns for drivers and pedestrians.
Tech That Allows for Multitasking Raises Risk of Accidents
The problem with technology that people can use on the go is that there will always be people who choose to use that technology when they shouldn’t, such as when they’re driving a car or walking down the street.…