Tampa, Fla. – An auto accident in Tampa involving 5 cars that includes a state trooper vehicle, was linked to a distracted driver.
Though the woman who caused the accident has not been identified. According to reports, the 49-year-old driver was looking at her GPS at the time of the collision. When she looked up again, she noticed 3 stop cars on the westbound lanes on the Gandy Bridge.
After attempting to swerve right, she collided with a trooper patrol car, which then in turn collided with a trailer. (TBT)
Only minor injuries were reported after the crash so far and none of the drivers or passengers have been rushed to hospital at this time.
It’s easy to get distracted nowadays but still very much illegal to drive distracted. It is illegal to text and drive in Florida. (FLHSMV)
Distracted driving killed more than 2,800 people in 2018, but still, millions of Americans drive distracted every day. (NHTSA)
And 36% of all drivers use a smartphone while at a red light, while another 35% of those drivers continue to use their phone after they begin moving from the stop. (NHTSA)
The best way to fight the urge to drive distracted is to physically remove the distraction.
Cellphones and electronic devices tend to be the main culprit in distracted driving accidents in the past 10 years. In order to combat it, you can implement one or more of the following techniques:
- Put your phone in the trunk before you start driving. It can wait.
- Turn your phone off completely.
- Learn to enjoy the silence and focus on driving, especially at stoplights.
- Download an app that prevents you from using your phone while driving.
The first step to avoiding accidents like this one is to understand that you are also helpless to distracted driving.