Drunk Driving and Texting Just Doesn’t Work

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Sep 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every day there are about 28 alcohol related traffic deaths in the United States. In 2013, Florida saw 2,494 people killed in car accidents, and alcohol was confirmed in 459 of those deaths.

Right now, the legal alcohol limit is .08 percent. Federal lawmakers are discussing lowering the limit to .05 percent in hopes of decreasing the number alcohol related accidents. I don't think the government can legislate bad and irresponsible behavior. There are always going to be people who will drink and drive not withstanding the consequences.

A Bad Mixture: Texting While Driving Drunk

A recent article published in the journal Psychopharmacology, researches studied alcohol and other distractions in a six minute simulated drive. The study found what we already know; both alcohol and other distractions individually impact a driver's performance within line deviations, lane exceedance and steering rate.

When you combine alcohol and distractions (texting, using phone) the danger is increased two-fold, even when alcohol levels are below the legal drinking limit of .08 percent.

One of the authors, Van Dyke said this:

With continuing advancements in technology and omnipresence of distractions while driving, it is becoming increasingly important to study the interaction between alcohol and distraction on driving.

Alcohol's Impact on your Florida Car Accident Claim

It is important to lock down the facts of your Leesburg, Florida accident claim immediately. For instance, a letter must be sent to the other driver and their insurance company to preserve all cell phone records and data. Some cell phone companies only keep this information for as a little as 90-days.

It is also important to learn about the other driver's alcohol use within a 12-hour period and the medication that the other driver had in their system because this information coupled with distraction can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful car accident claim.

If you have any questions about a Leesburg, Florida car accident claim, call (352) 267-9168.

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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