More Florida Car Accidents Caused By Driver Distraction From Smart Phones
Over the past few years a new generation of smart phones and other mobile devises have made their way into everyday life - including driving and auto accidents. With the latest technology these new Smart phones are capable of nearly everything a personal computer is - including watching movies, browsing the internet,checking your email and of course making calls and text messaging. Smart phone technology has advanced so fast and become so popular that mobile devices are poised to overtake personal computers as the top technology for personal use.
As in many times before, technology has outpaced society's ability to set up proper laws and guidelines for how it should be used. Legislatures are playing catchup to adjust the law of the land to keep the roads safe from the impacts of this latest generation of technology that while overall very positive, can be very distracting for car and truck drivers and is turning out to be a major cause of serious car accidents. California among other leading States, have passed legislation banning the use of cell phones while driving. Sadly Florida is not among these states in addition though the laws in theory are beneficial, few drivers actually obey them and enforcement is difficult. With the latest addition to the mobile technology, Smart phones now add email, testing, movies, play lists and host of other distractions to divert a drivers attention away from the road.. Some mobile application developers have attempted to address this issue by programming into the latest apps the ability for a phone to speak map directions, or integrate hands-free technologies like BlueTooth. However the app still needs the driver to access it from the phones interface and even hands free operation distracts the mental focus of the driver if not their eyes.
Accidents are a game of seconds. It usually comes down to a 4 - 6 seconds window a driver has to react to a situation to safely avoid an accident. If the drivers attention is on sending a text message during the wrong time a serious auto accident can occur resulting sever injury, paralysis or even death. In addition to distracted driver accidents happening more frequently the severity of the accidents is also increased. The amount of energy involved in an auto accident is increased exponentially the faster the speed of the collision. A distracted driver will have less or in some cases no time to apply the brakes to reduce the amount of energy involved in the collision. As a result a larger percentage of distracted driving accidents result in traumatic injuries to the brain and spine and more fatal accidents are also occurring.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a serious auto accident involving a distracted driver contact the Florida auto accident lawyers of Goldman Babboni & Walsh