Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney Joseph Lipsky, as a frequent motorist driving along I-95 through Miami and Fort Lauderdale know too well that not only is texting behind the wheel a danger, and now illegal in Florida, but a recent survey revealed what we also know too well, that we are annoyed when we see others texting while driving. Not surprisingly, about seventy percent of driver find other motorists who text while driving to be the worst and most annoying drivers.
Of course, those motorists who complain about other drivers’ behavior are themselves frequent texters, as more than half of all motorists readily admit to using their phone to text or email while driving. While most motorists think that reading or sending a quick text is safe, the fact is that even a quick look away from the road often causes a deadly life altering crash. Sadly, more than 3,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were injured due to a distracted driving last year.
While most people associate distracted driving with texting, a driver may become distracted when their attention is on anything other than driving. The phenomenon of distracted driving began with the prevalent use of cellphones, which still increase a driver’s likelihood of being involved in a crash by 400%. And thanks to technological advances, such as texting, drivers are now more than 20 times more likely to be involved in a crash than before we had the benefit of this helpful technology.
As a personal injury attorney who has helped thousands of his fellow Floridians, Joe Lipsky reminds everyone that using a smart phone while driving, is anything but smart. So, put your phone down and wait until you are safely parked before reading or sending a text, the life you save may just be your own.