Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law Articles Driver Distraction, Cell Phones and the Increased Rick of Accidents

Driver Distraction, Cell Phones and the Increased Rick of Accidents

By Smith & Stallworth  Jan. 27, 2011 5:04p

Driver distraction is a major cause of auto accidents and can come in many forms, but one of the most common is the use of cell phones. Talking and texting on cell phones while driving has become a major hazard and many states are banning this activity to cut down on accidents and lost lives.

Some Statistics on Texting

In a NY Times article, some statistics were reported from a survey done and it was determined that when individuals text while driving, it increase their risk of having an accident by 23 times. In the survey, 95% of the drivers surveyed agreed that texting while driving was not acceptable behavior although 21 % of them admitted to having recently done it. 50% of the drivers that were ages 16-24 said they text while driving as compared to 22% of drivers who were ages 35 to 44.

Cell Phone Confiscation for Evidence

If you have been injured in a car or other vehicle accident in the Tampa area, and you suspect that the other driver may have been distracted by a cell phone, here is a wise move you can make. You should out rightly claim that you think this may have happened and accuse the other driver of such. This will most likely prompt the police to confiscate the cell phone for evidence and this can be used to your advantage in a personal injury lawsuit. If they don't confiscate it, ask them to do so. This one action may provide the evidence necessary to prove the other drivers fault in causing the accident.

Seek Competent Legal Counsel

Contacting an experienced Tampa accident lawyer as quickly as possible to help you is also important. At Smith & Stallworth, we are personal injury attorneys who represent clients in the Tampa and surrounding areas. We take our cases on a contingency fee basis meaning that if we do not win a settlement or judgment for you, you owe us nothing.

Being injured in an accident can change a person's life in an instant and those responsible need to be held accountable for causing the accident. We are dedicated and hardworking and can guide you through the legal steps necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. Not having to worry about financial matters will allow you to focus on recovery and at least provide relief in this area for you and your family.

Contact a Tampa Auto Accident Lawyer in our office for a free consultation today.

Other Recent Articles

Was Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

If you live or work in the Tampa Bay area and feel you had a valid workers’ compensation claim but were denied any benefits then you should talk to a Tampa workers’ comp lawyer today.
More Articles »

Florida Man Dies in Rollover SUV Accident

A man was found dead at the scene of a car accident recently. The man’s SUV was discovered overturned in a canal near a landfill.
More Articles »

Young Survivor of Fatal Car Accident Adopted by Grandmother

A young girl, S.M., whose mother was killed in a car crash four years ago was officially adopted by her grandmother recently.
More Articles »
(813) 223-7799
201 East Kennedy Boulevard Suite 1475
Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 223-7711

Main Website:
View Website
Contact our office by email or phone instantly by clicking the options below: