The President of the United Kingdom’s automobile insurance association Edmund King recently made a statement that applies throughout the world: “Whether on two feet, two wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called ‘iPod oblivion.’” While this may be the first time you have heard this term, personal injury attorneys are already too familiar with this behavior and its risks.

What is iPod oblivion?

Apple’s iPod line—and MP3 players in general—are impressive advances in technology, combining all the convenience of cell phones, music players, Web surfers, and much more into compact portable devices. Unfortunately, they have also caused dramatic increases in distracted driving, jaywalking, and other unsafe behaviors that lead to accidents.

Some examples of dangerous MP3 usage include:

?         Checking email while crossing the street

?         Glancing away while driving in traffic to check out a YouTube video

?         Driving a motorcycle on a highway with music blasting through headphones, unable to hear the horns of other vehicles

?         Texting a friend while biking through a city street full of pedestrians and other vehicles

Any activity that distracts from safely operating vehicles or obeying traffic laws, including signs and signals for crossing roadways, puts you and others at risk of serious injury or death.

In Tampa and throughout Florida

The state of Florida has a preemption law in place that prevents local jurisdictions from enacting the distracted driving bans that have proliferated in other parts of the United States. However, the Florida Senate has bills under consideration that will increasingly criminalize such behavior. One statute (316.304) already in place requires drivers to wear a headphone that carries sound into only one ear.  However, iPod oblivion can be considered careless or negligent behavior when it leads to injuries or wrongful deaths, and it may be used against the perpetrator in civil court to exact damages for losses, pain, and suffering.

Help for victims of iPod oblivion

Tampa personal injury attorneys like Wendy Doyle believe you have the right to expect other drivers and pedestrians to pay attention and take reasonable care to avoid causing accidents. The Law Office of Wendy Doyle, PA represent Florida families and individuals throughout western Florida who have fallen victim to those distracted by MP3 players and suffered injuries and losses as a result. If you are looking for assistance from experienced and compassionate lawyers, call the Law Office of Wendy Doyle, PA at 1-727-824-5727 or contact us online.

Wendy Doyle Law Office
1 Progress Plz # 620
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4323
(727) 824-5727

The president of the United Kingdom’s automobile insurance association Edmund King recently made a statement that applies throughout the world: “Whether on two feet, two wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called ‘iPod oblivion.’” While this may be the first time you have heard this term, personal injury attorneys are already too familiar with this behavior and its risks.

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Ms. Wendy R. Doyle

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