Was distracted driving a factor in a recent fatal crash in Florida?

August 31st, 2012 - by DKRPA

A 20-year-old Florida man is dead after a head-on collision. The accident happened recently around 9 p.m.

Authorities say that a southbound driver began swerving towards the shoulder. As they over-corrected, they veered into the northbound lane and collided with the car carrying the 20-year-old man.

The 20-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital but later died. Two men were traveling in the southbound vehicle. They were also taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for the injuries they sustained in the crash.

Authorities continue to investigate the accident.

Although we don’t know what caused the southbound driver to swerve towards the shoulder, it may have been the result of distracted driving. People may think they can take their eyes off the road for a couple of seconds. However, a tragic car accident can happen in just an instant.

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Florida and elsewhere. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people were killed in 2010 as the result of distracted driving. That same year, about 416,000 people were injured.

Using a cell phone, eating, drinking, talking to passengers and adjusting the radio are all forms of distracted driving.

A car accident can have devastating consequences. People may be left with severeĀ injuries. Sadly, many people do not survive car accidents. Therefore, drivers in Florida and elsewhere need to do all that they can to keep the roads safe. That means remaining attentive and cautious.

People who are injured in an accident as a result of another driver’s negligence have legal options to consider. A personal injury claim may be appropriate in some instances.

Source: Bay News 9, “One dead, two injured in two-car accident in Holiday,” Aug. 30, 2012