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Every single day distracted driving kills more than eight people, and injures over one-thousand in vehicle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving encompasses texting, talking on the phone, eating, and social media.

In 2014, NHTSA data shows that 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in accidents related to distracted drivers. This is despite most states having laws prohibiting cellphone use while driving.

Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) conducted a survey in 2016 of 2,500 high school-age children across the country and nearly 70% admitted to using apps while driving, The teens were asked to rank behaviors they considered the most distracting or dangerous for a teenage driver; 29% said driving under the influence of alcohol and 25% said texting. Only 6% reported viewing or posting to social media as the most distracting or dangerous behavior for a teenage driver behind the wheel.

In another survey sponsored by the National Safety Council, which interviewed 2,400 drivers of all ages, 74% said they used Facebook while driving, 37% used Twitter, 35% used YouTube, and 33% used Instagram.

The AAA Foundation seems to concur with the other statistics finding that nearly 60% of all teen accidents result from a variety of driving distractions, including social media. Surprising to no one, teens have the highest car crash rate of any group in this country.
The numbers are climbing because more teens have cell phones, and now cell phones, simply put, can do more.
In 2008, according to Pew Research Center, approximately 83% of teens ages 15 to 17 only had a basic cell phone, but by 2015 that number increased to 92% of teens ages 15 to 17 owning a cell phone, with 76% of those owning a smartphone, specifically.

As each year passes our phones captivate our attention with more apps, gadgets, and entertainment. Just imagine what this technological evolution is doing to our youth. Parents, teachers, family members, and legislators must collectively ban together to educate our teens, and ourselves on the dangers of distracted driving.
The numbers above clearly demonstrate this is a real problem that is just getting worse.

If you’ve been in an accident with a distracted driver, speak to a lawyer at , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh. Come in for a free case review. We believe better experience equals better results. Let us show you how by scheduling an appointment at [email protected].

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

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