July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, which means there is no better time than now to put down your phone while you’re driving.
According to the U.S. Government Website for distracted driving, Distraction.gov, drivers who use handheld cell phones are four times more likely to get into a serious car accident. In 2010, the last year statistics are available, 3,092 people were killed in distracted driving car accidents on U.S. roads.
Last week, local Florida insurance agency, HIG Insurance Group, released a list of ways to avoid distracted driving. On that list:
- Pull over before answering your phone;
- Use a hands-free device;
- Turn off your phone completely when driving to avoid temptation.
We agree with these suggestions, and we urge all Florida drivers to stay focused while driving.
An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has provided professional and compassionate legal assistance to car accident victims in South Florida and the Treasure Coast since 1975. The firm sponsors a Facebook campaign to help end distracted driving entitled Hang Up and Drive! We believe that distracted driving is a life-threatening behavior that can be stopped.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver in Florida, call us today at (800) 299-8878 or fill out our convenient online contact form for a free consultation.