As North Miami Accident Attorneys, we have a profound understanding of how distracted drivers can lead to accidents. Florida’s roads are frequently populated with drivers who are often engrossed in their cell phones. Simply observe the scene around you when halted at a red light. There appears to be an undeniable compulsion among drivers to frequently glance at their phones, indicative of a pervasive addiction to these devices.

Below are some stats on distracted drivers throughout the State of Florida:

* In 2020, distracted driving accounted for approximately 15% of all reported crashes in Florida.
* Over 3,000 accidents were directly attributed to cell phone use while driving.
* Young drivers (ages 18-25) represented a significant proportion of distracted driving incidents, accounting for nearly 40% of cases.
* Rural areas, despite having fewer vehicles, saw a higher rate of distracted driving accidents due to longer straightaways and decreased law enforcement presence.
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National statistic seem to relay a monumental impact by distracted drivers, as relayed by the stats below;

* Fatalities: In recent years leading up to 2022, distracted driving was reported to be a factor in approximately 9% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. This equated to over 3,000 deaths annually attributed to distracted driving.
* Age Group: Younger drivers, especially those under the age of 20, had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes. This age group also had the highest percentage of drivers distracted at the time of the crash.
* Device Usage: A significant percentage of drivers—estimated to be around 40% or more—admitted to using their mobile phones while driving. This includes texting, talking, browsing the internet, and other activities.
* Types of Distractions: While cell phone use (including texting) is a primary concern, other distractions like eating, adjusting the radio, interacting with passengers, and grooming also contributed to accidents. However, cell phone use remains one of the most concerning
distractions due to its prevalence and potential severity.
* Economic Impact: The economic consequences of distracted driving extend beyond personal injury and loss of life.
* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that the economic cost of car crashes caused by distracted driving was in the billions of dollars.

When compared to neighboring states, Florida’s distracted driving statistics are alarming. Georgia and Alabama, for instance, have implemented stricter laws and public awareness campaigns, resulting in a noticeable decline in distracted driving incidents. In contrast, Florida continues to grapple with the issue, despite various initiatives and advocacy efforts.

Certain regions within Florida, such as Miami-Dade County and Broward County, have reported higher rates of distracted driving accidents, primarily attributed to urban congestion and a younger demographic. Additionally, commercial drivers, including truckers and delivery personnel, often engage in distracted driving due to tight schedules and increased reliance on mobile devices for navigation and communication.

As North Miami Auto Accident Lawyers, we understand the difficulties of the aftermath of an accident. We understand how this can affect your ability to enjoy life, work, and just do everyday things. Our goal at THE DRG FIRM PL is to help you deal with these problems with the upmost efficient. In other words, we want to help our clients get back to their normal life, as quickly as possible. Remember that you only have two (2) years to bring a car accident claim in the State of Florida.

Feel free to reach out to one of our North Miami Car accident lawyers, if you have any questions or if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. We can be reached at 305.764.9907.