Understanding The True Dangers Of Mobile Phone Use While Driving

Representation For St. Johns County And Northeast Florida

We've all seen it while driving down surface roads and freeways — other drivers putting on make-up while driving, eating or texting behind the wheel. These drivers are obviously distracted and have little to no regard for the health and safety of others.

At first blush, it may not seem like a big deal. But think about it this way — vehicles are approximately 4,000 pounds of steel, plastic and glass hurtling down the road with an inattentive captain at the wheel. They are accidents waiting to happen.

Staggering Distracted Driving Statistics

Whether the distracted driver was texting, using a cellphone, eating, grooming themselves, or reading, the most recent statistics from 2014 provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the dangers of distracted driving are disturbing.

At any given time during the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving. As a result, 18 percent of the total auto accidents that occurred in 2014 in the U.S. were because of a distracted driver. Over 3,000 people died, another 431,000 and 520 non-occupants, like pedestrians and bikers, were killed.

Experienced Lawyers Dedicated To Securing Compensation For Victims

At Canan Law, our attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal experience handling distracted driving and other personal injury claims for individuals in St. Johns County and northeast Florida.

Our lawyers have been able to successfully recover damages for injured parties and their families, while also taking steps to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and prevent future incidents of distracted driving in our community.

Punitive Damages

We've also recovered punitive damages (those meant to punish the wrongdoer rather than compensation for out-of-pocket expenses) for victims of auto accidents.

Call Our Team Today

If you have been injured by a driver who was texting while driving or otherwise distracted, contact our attorneys to schedule a free consultation. Call our St. Augustine and St. John's offices at 904-217-6209 or contact us online. Learn how we can help you.