A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured this May in a crash caused by a woman who lost control of her SUV as she allegedly attempted to catch a falling water bottle.
The deputy was stopped at a red light when the woman’s SUV crossed the median and plowed into his vehicle. After being extracted by rescuers, the deputy was hospitalized with minor injuries and later released. The woman was not injured in the accident.
This crash highlights the dangers of distracted driving. When, even for a second, drivers take their eyes and attention off of the road, they become a danger to themselves and everyone around them. While most people think of phone calls and texting as the main causes of distracted driving, the truth is that there are many ways that a driver can become distracted.
Many drivers eat or drink while operating their vehicle. Even if their eyes stay on the road, their attention may be averted. In this case, a loose water bottle was enough to send someone to the hospital. Fiddling with the radio or other controls inside of a car can also be distracting, as can conversation with passengers.
When driving, it is essential that all cargo (even food and drinks) be properly secured and to be sure that distractions are kept to an absolute minimum.
If you or someone in your family has been hurt in a Florida auto accident involving a distracted driver, the car accident attorneys at the Bradenton firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh can help you understand your legal options.