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Texting and Driving: Deadly Combination

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Our Gainesville Automobile Accident Attorneys take note that texting while driving has become a very real and deadly problem in Florida as elsewhere in our country. If you or a loved one have been injured because of someone negligently texting while driving, call our office right away, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman has said it’s clear certain drivers are manually, cognitively and visually distracted by texting on mobile devices while driving. The NTSB has recommended a ban on all driver use of cell phones and other hand held electronics, hand-held or hands-free, except in times of emergency.

According to investigators in one instance a young driver sent six texts and received five texts just before his pickup crashed into the back of a tractor truck, beginning a chain collision which culminated in two school buses ramming into one another and other vehicles. Two were killed, including a 15 year old student, and thirty-eight other people were injured. Several states have already enacted anti-texting laws.

In the last few years the Federal government has investigated the following calamities involving the mis-use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle of some type:

(1) a commuter rail accident that killed 25 people in California in which the train engineer was texting;
(2) a fatal marine accident in Philadelphia in which a tugboat pilot was talking on his cellphone and using a laptop; and
(3) a Northwest Airlines flight that flew more than 100 miles past its destination because both pilots were working on their laptops.

Recommendations have been made previously to ban texting and cell phone use by commercial truck and bus drivers and beginning drivers. However, the NTSB previously stopped short of calling for a ban on the use of the devices by adults behind the wheel of passenger cars .

Although 35 states currently ban texting while driving, about two out of 10 American drivers overall – and half of drivers between 21 and 24 – say they’ve sent text messages or emailed while driving, according to a survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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