What Makes Distracted Driving Dangerous?

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Most people have heard or at least have a basic understanding that distracted driving is dangerous. After cell phones became more prevalent in the last ten years, many states, including Florida, have taken steps to curb distracted driving and prevent car accidents from ruining people’s lives. 

But for new drivers or those who are genuinely confused about why distracted driving is dangerous, we’ve provided additional information addressing your concerns below. 

You might think you are a master multi-tasker and would never put yourself or your family at risk. But it may surprise you at just how dangerous distracted driving can be and how severe the penalties are if caught.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Any situation in which your attention is taken away from where it should be—on the road and your surroundings. Distracted driving can take many forms, but some more common types of distracted driving that continue to be a problem in 2021 include:

  • Texting
  • Doing anything on your phone 
  • Applying makeup
  • Reading
  • Problematic or noisy passengers 
  • Reaching for food or drink
  • Reaching for anything 

These are only a few ways your attention could be taken from the roads before you. It is critical you avoid any possible distractions so you don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk for serious injury. 

Consequences of Distracted Driving

Texting while driving is considered a primary offense in Florida. This means if a police officer sees you texting while driving, they can stop you and issue you a citation on the spot. Legal penalties for texting while driving could include fines, jail time, license suspension, community service, and other consequences. 

Beyond legal penalties, the risks of distracted driving are great. You could cause serious injury to the passengers in your vehicle, yourself, and other people. Many people have died after being struck by distracted drivers. 

In fact, people who drive distracted and cause severe injuries could be held accountable and be compelled to repay the injury victim or victims for the suffering they endured due to the liable party’s negligence. 

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been struck by a distracted driver, or if you were involved in an accident that was caused by distracted driving, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call an experienced car accident lawyer at Lopez & Humphries, PA to schedule your free, no-obligation claim review. We can be reached by phone at 863-709-8500 or through the convenient contact form included below.