In 2012, 33,561 people lost their lives in
car accidents across the United States. This was the first time in nearly a decade that
accident fatalities have increased. A large number of those crashes occurred
because drivers were driving inattentively and interacting with their
In order to combat the rising fatalities and injuries, many states have
adopted cellphone bans, which ban drivers from texting or holding a cellphone
in their hands while driving. Drivers are allowed, however, to use hands-free
devices, such as Bluetooth devices. Yet is this really any safer?
A recent study released by Texas A&M University reviewed National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration data to estimate the effect of cellphone
bans on driving behavior. The study found that visible cellphone use drops
50% the moment cellphone bans go into effect, but that does not necessarily
translate into fewer accidents or deaths. In fact, the data suggested
that handheld cellphone bans did not actually reduce the number of car
accidents at all, despite drivers visually obeying these laws.
One reason for this could be that many people try to conceal their cellphone
use, which could make them drive more erratically and dangerously. In
addition, studies have shown that the cognitive effects of carrying on
a conversation while driving, still leads to drivers missing critical
information on the road—such as sudden stops in traffic or children
getting ready to dart out in the street.
If a distracted driver has injured you or someone you love, it is important
to review all of your legal options. A South Florida injury lawyer may
be able to have the negligent driver’s cellphone records examined
to determine if cellphone use led to your accident—and subsequently
your injuries. Currently, Florida does not have a cellphone ban in place
or require hands-free devices while driving. It does, however, ban drivers
from texting while driving.
Contact South Florida Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love was injured in a car crash, the South Florida
injury lawyers at Kelley/Uustal can help. Our lawyers have been successfully
fighting for the rights of grieving families in Fort Lauderdale, Miami,
Palm Beach, and throughout South Florida. To learn more about your legal
options, call our South Florida injury lawyers at
(954) 715-4511 or
888-522-6601 for a free consultation.