Distracted Driving in Jacksonville, Florida

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Distracted Driving in Jacksonville, Florida

We have all seen it before, the car weaving on the road with the driver behind the wheel is looking at nothing but their phone. Some of us have been that driver, I have to consistently remind myself to stop looking at my phone while I'm driving. It's not only the phone that distracts us, there are so many little things that can take our attention away, and if we are not careful, the consequences can be very serious.

Distracted driving is anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or mind off driving. Distractions put yourself, your passengers and all other drivers on the road at danger. 

In 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S.. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Common Distractions

  • Texting or talking on your cell phone
  • Changing music on your phone, Sirius Radio or car stereo.
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Talking to Passengers.
  • Putting on makeup, shaving or admiring yourself in the mirror. 
  • Daydreaming, thinking about work or a problem in life. 
  • Taking care of misbehaving kids or a baby in the back seat. 

As a parent I can relate to anyone who has turned around in their seat while driving to "politely" tell the kids in the back seat to knock off what ever they are doing. I have also caught myself on numerous occasions scrolling through music choices on Spotify while I'm cruising down the road. 

Some distractions are easily avoidable, while others need to take a real effort. When it comes to cell phones, just put them in the glove box when you get in the car. There actually was a time when we didn't have cell phones, and we will all most likely be ok if we are unplugged while driving. I actually texted a client the other day and got an [Auto-Reply] saying "I'm driving right now - I'll get back to you later." I thought that was really cool.

I believe we can all do better at just being conscience of possible distractions and try our best to avoid them. Nothing is more important than you and your loved ones making it home safe, everything else can wait. 

If You Have Been The Victim Of A Distracted Driver And Have Any Questions 

Please contact Clifton Law Office, you can reach me at my contact page online or call me directly at 904-209-4883

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