Texting while driving is now officially a primary offense in Florida, meaning police officers can legally pull people over on suspicion of texting while behind the wheel. There’s good reason for this—texting while driving is an inherently dangerous activity that draws a driver’s attention away from the road and makes a crash significantly more likely.
Here are just a few facts that indicate the dangers of texting while driving:
- 40 percent of teenage drivers say they’ve been in a vehicle with a driver who was using a cell phone in a dangerous manner.
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 1.6 million car crashes every year involved cell phone usage, including about 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths.
- Some research indicates texting while driving may be even more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol. One study reports the behavior is six times as likely to cause a crash than intoxication.
- About 77 percent of teenagers report that even though adults tell them not to text while driving, they see those same adults text while they’re driving.
- When texting while driving, brake reaction speed slows by about 18 percent, and general reaction time slows by 46 percent. This time can be the difference between life and death.
- It only takes three seconds for a crash to happen while a driver is distracted with their cell phone or other item inside their vehicle. Taking the eyes off the road for just a few seconds while traveling at highway speeds is the equivalent of driving a football field’s length with your eyes closed.
- About 26 percent of all car accidents are related to cell phone usage.
For more information about the dangers of texting while driving and the steps you can take to hold another driver liable if they were texting during your accident, contact an experienced Manatee County personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.