Know The Facts: Texting While Driving & Traffic Homicide
In the amount of time it takes to send a text message while you are driving, you can easily collide with another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian and cause what is known as a “traffic homicide”. That means that you could kill another human being and potentially even yourself because you chose to text while operating a vehicle. Putting the phone down while driving can save a life. If you’ve made the mistake to drive and text, don’t make yet another mistake by not hiring the best attorneys available at the Law Office of Patrick R. McKamey.
Most Floridians are well aware by now that a second is all it takes for distracted driving accidents to happen. Accidents involving automobiles in South Florida are among the most common causes of serious injury and death every year, despite the advancements in technology and significant safety improvements in automobiles. The fact is that distracted driving automobile accident and traffic homicide claims and lawsuits are probably the most common type of cases filed by accident lawyers in South Florida these days. But knowing the facts can help save lives. The team at Patrick McKamey is here to help.
Investigating fatalities resulting from motor vehicle collisions is an unpleasant job. At Patrick McKamey Law of South Florida, we feel compelled to increase your awareness and to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, such as texting while driving. Although we may have smartphones these days, we also have plenty of drivers making deadly choices.
All of our lives are filled distractions these days but any activity that takes your concentration off the road while driving and puts it somewhere else is a driving distraction. If you take your eyes off of the road even for a few seconds can mean life or death driving accidents. South Florida drivers need to understand the dangers of distracted driving on automobile accidents. Making the wrong choice could have life or death consequences.
Texting while driving actually has a driver engaging in all three forms of distraction, which are manual, visual, and cognitive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), looking at your phone for five seconds to read or send a text is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour with your eyes closed! This means that searching for the right music station, checking your voicemail, looking at a text message, and even daydreaming may seem “harmless” but they can result in serious and fatal automobile accidents.
Do yourself and the world a favor know the facts about visual, manual, and cognitive distractions that could have you accused of traffic homicide:
- Looking at Cellphones
- Conversations with other drivers
- Hands-free devices/ GPS devices
- Applying makeup
- Adjusting the radio/Loading the CD player/ Using MP3 players
- Kids demanding attention
- Pets who are not cages
- Very loud music
- Looking at physical road maps
- Watching videos / TV
Accused Of Texting While Driving? Let Our Traffic Homicide Lawyers Help
The attorneys at Patrick McKamey Law strongly remind our clients that texting while driving is illegal. The laws in South Florida are stringent and for good reason. Florida law prohibits drivers of all ages from holding and using any portable electronic devices while driving.
If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a car accident in South Florida because of a distracted driver, you need an automobile accident and traffic homicide lawyer to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
If you’ve made the mistake to text while driving, don’t make a second mistake by not hiring the best attorneys available at the Law Office of Patrick R. McKamey.