Capaz Law Firm Represents Victims of Car Crashes Caused by Distracted Drivers

Life can change in a split second when a driver chooses to take his eyes off the road to read or send a text, to check an app, or to get social media updates. In June 2014, a mother took her two daughters (ages 11 months and 4 years) out for a bike ride near their home in rural Minnesota. At that same time, a driver decided to make a loan payment on his phone. The driver looked down at his phone and then heard a thud. He never even saw the mother and her children. Fortunately, the two children survived; however, the distracted driver killed their mother.

Distracted Driving Lawyers

It is unfortunate that these tragic, yet preventable, accidents are becoming common news headlines. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 8 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured every day in car crashes that involve reported distracted driving. While it’s an under-reported issue, the National Safety Council estimates that about 1/4 of all car crashes can be attributed to distracted driving connected with use a cell phone.

Distracted driving does not just include talking on a cell phone, texting and eating. These days, drivers are also on social media apps such as FaceBook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Google Maps, Spotify, YouTube, and now “Pokemon Go.” According to a recent survey of 2,500 high school-age teenagers across the U.S., nearly 70% of teens use apps while driving. In another survey of 2,400 drivers of all ages, 74% indicated they use FaceBook while driving. Additionally, 37% of the drivers indicated that they use Twitter while driving, while 35% use YouTube and 33% use Instagram.

It seems that most people do not fully comprehend just how dangerous distracted driving can be. Texting and driving makes a car crash 23 times more likely to happen. Simply stated—no text is that important.

Contact a Tampa Distracted Driving Attorney Today

If you have been injured in an accident that involved distracted driving, contact the Tampa car accident attorneys at Capaz Law Firm for a free case evaluation. Call 813-440-2700.