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The number of Florida auto accidents caused by distracted driving has gone up over the last two years. Studies show this is because of our dependency on cell phones. It's hard to ignore a phone call or text message, but it's vital to your safety and everyone else's that you put your phone away while you drive.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Law Offices of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter want you to remember to put down the phone while you drive in Orlando and surrounding areas.
Florida has a limited text ban which means you could end up with a fine for texting and driving. You're at risk of more than a fine when you text and drive though. You could take a life in those precious moments you're reading the latest text. If you've lost a loved one due to a distracted driver, our Florida auto accident attorneys can help you file a wrongful death claim.
There are a few ways to prevent distracted driving accidents including:
1. Keep your phone out of arm's-reach.
If you can't reach your phone, you're less likely to grab it when you hear it ring. Whomever is calling will be happy you chose safety over convenience. Pull the car over if the call is important, put the car in park and call them back.
2. Stay away from hands-free options.
Distracted driving doesn't stop at hand-held devices. Hands-free alternatives divert your attention as well. When your mind isn't focused on the road, it's easy to roll through a stop sign and end a life.
3. Think about your passengers.
Many passengers feel uncomfortable when the driver is on their cell phone. They may refrain from speaking up, but remember you have more than just your life in your hands. Whether it's your child or a friend in the car, keep your hands and your mind focused on the drive for their sake and yours.
If you've been injured in an auto accident because of a distracted driver, call Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today at (855) 880-4741 to schedule your FREE case review. Our auto accident attorneys serve clients in Orlando, Florida and all of Florida.