You have been warned to put your cell phone down while behind the wheel, but sometimes it is so tempting. After all, you know you will only be using your cell phone for a few seconds and you promise to look up at the road frequently during that time.
According to a study done by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, distracted driving accounted for over 3,000 fatal accidents in 2010. As cell phone usage continues to increase, this number is also expected to rise. Many drivers are shocked at the dangers of driving while using a cell phone, until they see the statistics and facts behind distracted driving.
Here are a few surprising statistics that you must keep in mind next time you want to reach for your cell phone while driving:
- Looking down for 4.6 seconds while driving 55 mph is the same as drivingblindthe length of a football field.
- If you use your mobile device while driving, you are four times as likely to get into an Orlando accident.
- The brain activity you need for driving is reduced by 37% when you use a mobile device behind the wheel.
Driving distracted can have serious consequences. Even when fatal injuries are not sustained, these accidents tend to happen at high speeds leading to serious consequences.
If you must use your phone while on the roadways, find the nearest place to safely pull your vehicle to the side of the road. Don’t risk the lives of others—our yourself.
Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you may need help from a skilled Orlando injury lawyer. The compassionate team at Michael T. Gibson, P.A., will help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Put experience and dedication on your side. Call us today at 407-422-4529.