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The rise of technology has been convenient for a lot of day-to-day tasks. With the click of a button, we can figure out the nearest restaurant and how to get there. But there is a downside as well. Technology-related distractions, such as the use of cell phones, have contributed to many accidents on the road. If a driver who was using their cell phone behind the wheel has injured you, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami distracted driving accident lawyers are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm that they cause.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the United States has seen a 14 percent spike in roadway fatalities over the last two years. It has also seen the biggest back-to-back increase in auto accident death rates per mile driven in more than 50 years. In 2016 alone, over 37,000 people died in roadway accidents. This group includes drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Many blame the increase in accidents on technology-related distractions, such as cell phones. Official figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation rebut this sentiment, showing that only about 9 percent of traffic deaths are caused by distracted driving in general and even fewer specifically by phone use. However, the National Safety Council (NSC) has challenged this data, pointing out that police reports often lack the ability to record technology-related distractions as the cause of an accident. Additionally, many times, the report is contingent on the driver admitting to the distraction, which leads to systematic undercounting. Both the NSC and a recent study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics claim that cell phones play a much larger role in accidents than official figures show. In fact, the NSC claims that based on the under-reporting of distracted driving crashes, the number of fatal crashes that actually take place each year could be double what is recorded in federal data.

Distracted driving accidents can lead to life-altering injuries. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was texting and driving, it is imperative to consult a skilled Miami distracted driving accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

Earlier this year, a study revealed that Florida ranks second only to Louisiana for distracted driving. According to EverQuote, Inc., an online insurance firm that released the study, 92 percent of drivers nationwide with cell phones used them while in a moving car. Texting while driving is one form of distracted driving that causes numerous accidents in Florida and throughout the country. The National Safety Council found that almost 330,000 injuries take place each year from accidents caused by texting and driving across the United States. In fact, 1 out of every 4 car wrecks in the U.S. is caused by texting and driving.

While drivers may think that the distraction stops after they send a text, the reality is that distraction lingers for some time afterwards. A study by the American Automobile Association found that a driver’s mind remains distracted for nearly half a minute after simply sending a text, rather than on driving their vehicle. Researchers refer to the post-cellphone use as inattention blindness, which blocks out other stimuli on the road, such as cars, traffic signs, and even pedestrians.

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Texting and driving is a huge problem in Florida and throughout the United States. Drivers who are distracted on their phones while driving often end up causing serious accidents. In an effort to combat this problem, Florida passed a law in 2013 that bans texting and driving. Florida was one of the last states to pass this law.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. In April, the NHTSA launched a “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign that focused on the financial consequences and expenses of texting and driving. The United States Department of Transportation also coined a slogan  to raise awareness about texting and driving: “if you’re texting, you’re not driving.”

Under Florida law, if a driver in the state is suspected of committing a traffic violation while texting, that driver can be fined up to $60. However, a person will only be fined for texting and driving as a secondary offense when coupled with the suspicion of another traffic violation. It is important to note that the statute’s express language says that a driver will not be penalized if the vehicle is parked or temporarily stopped. Another exception is if an individual is communicating with law enforcement about suspicious or dangerous activity.

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Every year, a number of individuals in the state of Florida and throughout the United States are injured in automobile accidents caused by drowsy drivers. Fatigued and exhausted drivers pose great risks to other drivers and pedestrians on the road. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a drowsy driver, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Miami personal injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. These claims can be hard to substantiate, which is why having a reputable lawyer on your side can make all the difference.

Studies have indicated that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, since drowsy drivers may experience slower reaction times, impaired vision, and an impaired ability to make decisions. The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America Poll reports that approximately 60 percent of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy, while 37 percent have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving causes 56,000 automobile crashes every year. The NHTSA also finds that the following drivers are most at risk for drowsy driving:  adults between 18 and 29 years of age; men; adults with children; and shift workers. Continue Reading ›

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