The chances of two people driving in the same direction and colliding as they both talked on their cell phones is remote, but that is what the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) states likely happened Sunday night, January 2, in St. Augustine. The Florida Times-Union reports that one man had to be airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital after he had been driving southbound on Dixie Highway near Shore Drive in the left lane and talking on the phone when his SUV drifted into the right lane and clipped the left front of another vehicle, driven by a man also on his cell phone. The second vehicle was forced onto the shoulder of Dixie Highway and into a ditch, according to a report by FHP. The driver of the first vehicle was not wearing his seat belt and was taken to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine with serious injuries after his vehicle flipped twice and he was ejected. The second vehicle’s driver was wearing his seat belt and was not seriously injured. The first driver was cited with careless driving.
Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute reported in 2009 that dialing a cell phone made the risk of a crash or near-crash event 2.8 times as high as non-distracted driving, while talking or listening to a cell phone made the risk of a crash or near-crash event 1.3 times as high as non-distracted driving. Even reaching for an object such as a cell phone, made the risk of a crash or near-crash event 1.4 times as high as non-distracted driving.
The St. Augustine auto accident attorneys at Farah & Farah wish both drivers well in their recovery from this apparently preventable accident. If you or a loved one has been hit by a distracted driver or truck driver, we are here to offer you a complimentary consultation on your case to determine the at-fault driver and the amount of fault each party shares in the accident. Let our experienced auto accident attorneys handle your case and speak to the insurance companies in the most effective way possible for a positive outcome for you.