It is estimated that 1.3 million people in the world die each year due to car accidents. There are several factors that can cause a car accident. Reckless driving and aggressive driving are some of the factors that can cause a car accident. An accident may also be caused by environmental problems such as a snowstorm.
Distracted driving is another one of the factors that can cause accidents. The National Safety Council has designated April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. They also have a list of statistics about how many accidents are due to cell phone use. It is estimated that driver error contributes to 94 percent of accidents. Seven percent of people are using a cell phone at the time of an accident.
Many companies, such as Apple, have taken steps to deter people from using their phones while driving. There are apps that can prevent people from using their phones while driving. Orange County has one of the highest distracted driving accident rates in the country. Seven thousand people were involved in a distracted driving.
Hillsborough County has had 5,000 distracted driving accidents. Miami-Dade County has had 4,400 distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving has caused 34,000 accidents in Florida.
Many people choose to use technology while they are driving. However, it is important for people to realize that distracted driving plays a major role in accidents. People need to make sure that they are well-rested before getting behind the wheel of a car in order to avoid accidents.
Florida has already put laws in place in order to prevent people from driving while distracted. It is illegal to text and drive. If a person is caught texting and driving, then they will be given a warning the first time. You can get a fine of $20 if you are caught texting and driving the second time.
This fine is not much. However, people can potentially be killed or seriously-injured by texting and driving accident. That is a far greater price than the fine one would have to pay for texting and driving.
More people are starting to file lawsuits due to texting and driving accidents. Ninety-two percent of people have stated that they have used a cell phone at least one time while they were driving. It should not be a surprise that texting and driving accidents are becoming more common. Many people have been rewarded millions of dollars in compensation because of texting and driving accidents.