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Texting-and-driving is the bad habit that kills and maims

Nearly every Florida driver has some bad habit behind the wheel, but some are more dangerous than others are. For instance, despite the recent evidence that texting-and-driving kills and maims far too many people each year, drivers continue to do it. Recent surveys illustrate the scope of the problem and drivers' general apathy toward it.

Most states now have laws against texting while driving. However, recent data indicates that only one out of every 13 drivers actually receives a citation for it. This means that approximately 90 percent of drivers who text behind the wheel get away with it.

Since drivers have little to fear regarding repercussions for their actions in this regard, they continue to text despite its dangers. Even though hands-free technologies are available, drivers disregard them and continue to read and type texts while on the road. Most Florida residents might assume that teenagers are the biggest offenders, but recent research indicates that older people are texting more than teens. This could be due to a sense of complacency and comfort that often comes with the driving experience.

However, that confidence is more than likely misplaced since the number of texting-and-driving accidents continues to rise. The victims of these drivers, or their families in case of death, retain the right to file personal injury or wrongful death claims, as appropriate. Proving through the appropriate evidence that a driver was texting when the accident occurred could provide the necessary proof of negligence. Successfully litigating such a claim could result in an award of damages that could help with the unexpected financial losses that usually accompany car accidents.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Texting and Driving: Here's Why the Problem Won't Go Away Soon", William Morrow, Accessed on May 1, 2017

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