April is National Distracted Driving Month, and Palm Beach car crash lawyer David Glatthorn would like to join Florida law enforcement agencies in their efforts to inform the public about the dangers of distracted driving.
Some distracted driving facts:
- In 2009, 5,474 people died in car crashes that involved a distracted driver.
- Eleven percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved distracted driving. In 2005, only seven percent of fatal crashes involved distracted drivers.
- It is estimated 448,000 people were injured in 2009 distracted driving crashes.
- One-fifth of injury crashes in 2009 involved distracted driving.
Distracted driving refers to any non-driving activity that takes a drivers attention away from driving. While talking or texting on a cell phone is the most common form of driver distraction, there are many other activities that can take a driver's attention away from the road. Common distractions that cause West Palm Beach auto accidents include:
- Talking or arguing with other passengers
- Reading a map
- Programming a GPS
- Changing radio stations
- Looking at scenery
- Looking at another accident
Florida is one of only 13 states that have no laws governing distracted driving. It is up to each driver to prevent Palm Beach distracted driving crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious Florida auto accident involving a distracted driver, you need someone on your side. Contact Palm Beach car crash lawyer David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620 or download a free copy of David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim.