Distracted driving is increasing at an alarming rate. Sadly, so is the level of danger. You have probably heard that texting while driving is one of the worst dangers on our roadways. While this is true, there is another significant danger facing drivers – taking “selfies” while driving. A selfie is a picture you take of yourself (typically with your cell phone) while behind the wheel. Most people post their selfies on their social media websites such as Facebook or Instagram. Further, they write comments or hashtags that may even acknowledge the danger of their actions, but they still do it. Unfortunately, the few seconds it takes to post a picture can cause a fatal crash.
There are many groups that focus on trying to prevent distracted driving. Additionally, there are many states that have passed laws with the goal of reducing distracted driving. In our state, one of the relevant statutes is commonly referred to as the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.” According to the Department of Transportation, more than 3,000 fatalities are caused by distracted drivers each year. Additionally, car crashes are the leading cause of teenage deaths.
It is imperative that parents of teenagers discuss the extreme dangers of driving while distracted, especially if the distraction is a cell phone. And remember, one of the most effective ways to influence your children is to lead by example and refrain from using your cell phone while behind the wheel of your car.
If you were involved in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, let us provide you the advice and guidance you need to fully recover your monetary damages.
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