West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Weigh in on New Texting and Driving Report

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Attorneys Charles Cartwright and Adriana Gonzalez comment on an article about a Wayne State University study detailing the dangers of texting and driving for older and more experienced drivers.

While texting while behind the wheel is a dangerous behavior often associated with younger drivers, this study should serve as a sobering reminder that distracted driving is a dangerous habit for drivers of all ages.

Commenting on a recent CBS News article about a recent study into the driving habits of texting drivers as they age, West Palm Beach car accident attorney Charles Cartwright today stressed the importance for Florida drivers of all ages to drive distraction-free to avoid serious car accidents.

Cartwright, co-founder of Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., based his comments on a December 19, CBS News article, “Teens, twentysomethings better at texting while driving.” The article details the results of a December 2014 study conducted by Wayne State University in Detroit finding that the older people get, the more dangerous they become if they text while driving.

“The dangers of texting and driving are well-documented here in Southern Florida. The state banned the practice in 2013,” Cartwright said. “But we know drivers do continue to ignore the law. While texting while behind the wheel is a dangerous behavior often associated with younger drivers, this study should serve as a sobering reminder that distracted driving is a dangerous habit for drivers of all ages.”

According to the article, researchers used a driving simulator to observe the driving habits of participants who claimed to be “proficient” at one-handed texting and owned smartphones. The CBS News article notes that overall, a total of 50 percent of the study’s participants crossed from one lane to another while texting and driving.

Wayne State researchers found that nearly 40 percent of drivers ages 25 to 34 crossed lanes. For drivers between ages 35 and 44, the number was double – 80 percent. Alarmingly, the article indicates that one hundred percent of drivers between ages 45 and 59 crossed traffic lines when texting.

Attorney Adriana Gonzalez said the results of this study should serve as a reminder that texting while driving remains a top safety issue facing drivers in Florida.

“What can happen when drivers pay attention to their cell phones instead of the road ahead? A serious accident can happen at a stop sign, traffic signal or even at highway speeds in a matter of seconds,” Gonzalez said. “It can be devastating to find yourself critically injured because someone else was being so careless while driving. That’s what motivates us to work so hard to help victims and families who have lost loved ones. We want to hold negligent drivers accountable and send a message that this type of behavior is unacceptable on Florida roads.”

About Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A.
Charles Cartwright obtained his law degree from the University of Miami in 1993 and has been practicing law in South Florida for over 20 years. Well versed in all steps of the personal injury process, Cartwright is an AV-rated attorney who has received the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Adriana Gonzalez obtained her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the current president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. Gonzalez has appeared on Spanish language television and radio stations discussing legal issues important to the Hispanic community. In 2014, Super Lawyers named her one of Florida’s Rising Stars for her work in personal injury law. It was the third year in a row Gonzalez received the honor. She also was elected to the board of the Palm Beach County Justice Association in 2013.

For more information on what to do if you’ve been injured in a car accident in South Florida, call (561) 533-0345.
Gonzalez & Cartwright is located at 813 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth FL 33460. Visit http://www.gonzalezcartwright.com

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