Distracted While Driving Accidents April 19, 2015/ Posted By : Dereck Capaz/ 0 comments / Under : Auto Accidents Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Oftentimes, the most common reason for driver distraction is the use of cell phones and texting. Distracted driving also includes other activities such as talking to other occupants, eating, putting on makeup or adjusting the radio or climate controls, to name a few. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports in its most recent statistics that there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated additional 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers over the last reported year. Ten percent of deadly crashes, 18 percent of automobile injury crashes, and 16 percent of all reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were as a result of driver distraction. The most common reported cause of these crashes were drivers talking on, listening to, or using a cell phone at the time of the accident. Cell phones were reported as a distraction for 14 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. A total of 445 people died in fatal crashes that involved the use of cell phones or other cell phone-related activities. Dangers of Distracted Driving According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds while texting. At 55 mph, a driver can travel the length of an entire football field without looking at the road. This puts other drivers, pedestrians and motorcyclists in serious danger. Contact an Accident Lawyer in Tampa If you or a family member has been injured in accident involving a car, semi tractor trailer, commercial vehicle or large truck, contact the Capaz Law firm to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. We know just how devastating an accident can be and will fight aggressively to hold the negligent party accountable. Call 813.440.2700 for your free consultation.