If you have not seen the recent bad decision made by the mother videotaping her child with her smart phone while driving down the road, you missed it on Facebook. In the video, at the end, we hear a loud crash, the explosion of an airbag, and a young child in the back seat, in her car seat asking what happened. This morning, after dropping my son at school, I counted over ten cars in which the drivers were talking and holding cell phones, while driving in a school zone no less. In Florida, on an almost daily basis, drivers make poor decisions which may end up with the loss of life, permanent injury, or disability. As a personal injury lawyer in Winter Garden, Florida, my office has represented thousands of victims of car accidents. In more and more cases, we are finding evidence that one of the major factors in causing or contributing to car accidents is the use or “over-use” of cellular telephones by drivers.
Just this past week two children were injured in a car crash as they stood on a sidewalk in Ocoee, Florida. Thus far there is no evidence of cellular telephone use by the driver. It appears the driver may have been impatient while waiting to exit a parking lot. Rather than wait, the driver exited the parking lot through an entrance lane, not an exit lane. A driver in a hurry tp get anywhere can be a dangerous occurrence which can leave a victim in critical condition.
Another common cause of automobile accidents actually occurs in parking lots. Many times drivers are so caught up in their thoughts and lives, where they are going and what they are going to do what they get there, they simply do not pay attention. When backing out of a parking space, a driver should be looking in the direction of travel of the car.
Remember, as you walk through parking lots be mindful of drivers getting in their cars and make sure to look out for those drivers on cellular telephones, drivers who seem to be in a “hurry” to get wherever, and backing cars.
Technology may make our lives easier, but is has also caused many distractions. We are all very busy with the business of our lives. We are driving on the streets of Orlando, Ocoee, Winter Garden and points in between together. We have to learn to navigate around each other.
Take the time this weekend to slow down and simply pay attention. Remember, you will get where you are going. If need be, leave a few minutes early. Is a telephone call really that important, that you might have a car accident and injure yourself or another? Next time you back your car out of a parking space at the mall or shopping center, look in the direction you are backing. After all you may just avoid that collision and need for repairs, or better yet, not hit someone and cause an injury. Finally, if you know you have to be some place by a certain time, leave 10 minutes early. Get there with time to spare.