It’s clear that distracting driving is dangerous. We all know it’s happening around us. We see it on US1, I-95, I-75 and suburban streets from Naples to Miami. But exactly how many people are looking at their phones while driving? Is it just young millennials or older people as well?
A recent study from driving analytics company Zendrive shows that basically everyone is on their phone when behind the wheel. Using sensor data from more than 3 million drivers and 5.6 billion miles of trips, Zendrive found that drivers are using their phones on 88 percent of their trips. Turns out the average driver spends 3.5 minutes on the phone per one hour trip, a statistic that is compounded by the fact that just a 2-second distraction increases your risk of being in a crash by 20 percent.
Just outside the Talis Park Golf Club in Naples, Florida, LPGA Assistant Golf Pro Kristin Popowski’s life was forever changed after she left work late last year. While waiting to make a legal left turn on a green signal, she proceeded into the intersection, waiting for oncoming traffic to clear. When the light turned yellow, she continued to wait while oncoming traffic slowed to a stop. As Kristin began to finally make her turn, that’s when it happened.
In the blink of an eye, she was t-boned by a car that drove into the intersection past another vehicle that had stopped for the light. This sent Kristin’s car crashing into another vehicle before coming to a rest. Kristin blacked out, her airbags deployed and her golf equipment was scattered out on to the road.
In this week’s edition of How Lawyers Work, we talked to Mark Weinstein, founding partner of Weinstein & Cohen, P.A., a personal injury and wrongful death specialty law firm.
In this week’s edition of How Lawyers Work, we talked to Judson Cohen, founding partner of Weinstein & Cohen, P.A., a personal injury and wrongful death specialty law firm.
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