Our Panama City accident law firm believes in preventing car accidents in Panama City and throughout our region. We hope that reading this blog helps our fellow Bay County community members be safe behind the wheel and as a passenger on area roadways. We've written about the danger of using mobile communication devices while driving previously, but it is a topic worth revisiting. The issue was also the subject of a recent article on WJGH.com.
According to the report, the nationwide American Trauma Society found that 20% of all traffic accidents in 2009 that led to injury were the result of distracted driving. On Wednesday May 16, Trauma Awareness Day was observed by trauma centers across the country. Part of the day's agenda was to remind the public to consider safety before using a mobile device or engaging in other distracting behaviors behind the wheel.
At the local level, Bay Medical Center Trauma officials are working to raise awareness of the danger of distracted driving, including texting while driving in Panama City. Dr. Glenn Summers, a surgeon and the Trauma Medical Director at Bay Medical Center, says too many patients end up on the surgery table unnecessarily. He referenced one patient who was at the side of an area road on his motorcycle when he was hit by a driver who was texting at the time of the crash.
Florida law does not currently contain a prohibition against either using a cell phone or text messaging while behind the wheel. Such provisions are the subject of nationwide debate. Proponents of statutory prohibitions against texting while driving applaud the measures as one more way to make the roads safe for all drivers and passengers. Other commentators note that distraction can come in many forms, including eating while driving or simply changing the channel on the radio. These opponents of distracted driving statutes believe that you can't cover all distractions and generally can't force common sense.
At the local level, Tyndall Air Force Base is focusing on the issue of cell phone use while driving. Base officials recently launched a campaign titled "You Talk, You Walk...Hands-Free Devices Only While Driving." The measure seeks to eliminate the use of cell phones by those driving on the base. Anyone caught and cited for driving while using a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving will lose the privilege of driving on the base for seven days. A second offense will increase the penalty to a 30-day suspension of driving privileges on base.
If you have been harmed due to someone else's negligence in Panama City, including injuries suffered in an accident stemming from distracted driving, please contact our experienced Panama City personal injury lawyer. The Pittman Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Representatives are available 24/7 to take your call and an initial consultation is free. Most injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid if you recover damages for your injury or financial loss.