Every day and all day long, Florida drivers get behind the wheel and distract themselves when they should be focused on driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of the Orlando car accident cases we represent in our office, and, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is prevalent throughout the country.
The survey was conducted by phone late in 2010 and included more than 6,000 drivers from all 50 states. The research uncovered some interesting differences among various categories of drivers and provided information about distracted driving habits that could be useful in preventing car crashes in Florida and across the U.S. Here are some of the survey findings:
- The top distraction drivers engage in that could lead to a car accident is talking to other passengers. The next most common distractions are: fiddling with the stereo, eating or drinking, and talking on the phone, in that order.
- Men are more likely than womento use navigation systems. They are also more likely to use headphones to listen to music while driving.
- Women are more likely than men to be distracted by children in the backseat. They also tend to engage in personal grooming more often.
- Young drivers(in this case, those who are younger than 25) are two to three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages while they’re behind the wheel.
A primary purpose of the survey was to examine drivers’ attitudes about texting or talking on cell phones while driving and other types of distracted driving. Understanding these attitudes can help you become more aware when you’re on the road, so you can drive more defensively and avoid getting into an accident with a distracted driver.
Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer
Drivers who choose to “multitask” instead of focusing entirely on operating their vehicle often wind up in a car wreck. If you’ve been injured in a Florida car collision caused by a distracted driver, contact an Orlando personal injury lawyer at Auto Justice Attorney for help with your case