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Is Texting and Driving or Drunk Driving More Dangerous?

If you have been involved in a an SUV or car accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez at 813-755-9500

What is more dangerous? Texting and driving or drunk driving?

Texting and driving auto accidents in Tampa, Florida. Studies have shown that distracted driving (caused by drivers looking at their cell phones, radios, texting, emails, etc) is increasingly becoming more dangerous than a driver who is intoxicated or under the importance of drugs or alcohol.

The number of fatalities caused by distracted driving increased 28% between 2005 and 2008 alone. In 2012, 3,328 Americans died in crashes involving a distracted driver (mostly texting and driving), while 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes.  However, the number of non-fatal accidents cannot be calculated as most of at-fault parties do not admit to being on their cellular devices (ie, texting and driving) at the time of their accident.

Why? Because if you were texting and driving at 70 mph and not looking at the road, within the 3 seconds you looked at your phone you have traveled more than 308 feet!

Don’t believe me?
Here’s the math: 70 miles/hr = 70 miles/hr * 5280 ft/mile = 369600 ft/hr
369600 ft/hr / 3600 sec/hr = 102 2/3 ft/se

Now, ask yourself how many things change in 300 feet (a football field)?

If you have an injured by a distracted driver that was texting and driving or buy an impaired driver (drunk driver), call Tampa Injury attorney Martin Hernandez at 813.755.9500 or InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com

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