Most would agree that young and inexperienced drivers pose a threat when they get behind the wheel, if for no other reason than their lack of experience. However, given the prevalence of cell phones among teens, young drivers are increasingly becoming a danger due to their frequent use of a cell phone while driving.
In fact, a recent study suggests that teenage drivers who text while driving are more likely to engage in other dangerous driving habits, such as speeding, aggressive driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving under the influence. According to one industry news source discussing the new study, an astonishing 80% of teens admit to using their smartphone while driving. Smartphone use is not limited to talking and texting, moreover. The survey respondents admitted to watching videos, browsing the internet, and even playing games while driving.
The study considered roughly 1,000 teens aged 16 to 19 years old and asked them about their driving habits. The results indicate that there is a direct link between smartphone use while driving and being involved in an accident. In fact, the teens who reported being involved in an accident were three times as likely to admit using their phone while behind the wheel. The survey revealed other interesting facts about teen drivers as well:
- Teens were less likely to use their smartphone while driving if they thought that it was illegal to do so.
- Teens who own their own car were more likely to use their phone while driving than those who drove a family member’s car.
- Teens who refrain from using their phones while driving report safety as the primary reason.
- Most teens acknowledge that phone use while driving is dangerous but claim that “it is a habit.”
Florida’s Texting Ban
In Florida, it is illegal to text and drive. In fact, the way the law is written, it is also illegal to type an email, send instant messages, or engage in any typing on the phone while behind the wheel. However, unlike many other states, it is not illegal to talk on the phone while driving.
That does not mean that a motorist who causes a car accident while on the phone cannot be held liable for the damage and injuries they caused. Under the legal theory of negligence, any time a party’s negligent actions result in injuries to another person, there may be liability. To learn more about Florida’s negligence laws, contact a dedicated personal injury attorney.
Have You Been Involved in a South Florida Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been a victim of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. This may be the case even if the other driver was not technically breaking the law at the time of the accident. In fact, many personal injury cases are settled or won at trial when no traffic tickets were issued to either party. To learn more about Florida car accident laws, and to speak with a dedicated attorney about your case, call 954-431-8100 today.
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