Distracted Driving And Your Safety
Distracted Driver Month is in April, but no matter what time of year it is, the fact remains that this is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the nation. In fact, studies have found that it is as dangerous as drunk driving and poor weather conditions when it comes to auto safety. As such, it's important that all Florida drivers work to reduce the incidence of distracted driving.
A Huge Danger
But just what is distracted driving, exactly? This can include practically anything, including things like adjusting a radio or even eating while driving. But what is primarily focused on is the act of texting or using a mobile phone while driving a vehicle. This can be incredibly dangerous and lead to numerous risks, and currently in Florida, 44% of drivers have at least one automobile incident that involved distracted driving in some way. Considering that a vehicle is traveling at an average of 60 miles per hour on Florida roads, a 5-second glance at a phone means that you aren't paying attention to the road for more than a football field's length.
In fact, 9 percent of fatal crashes in Florida are estimated to have been caused by texting while driving. And while Florida law does have a strict rule against texting while driving, the issue is that it can't be the primary reason that an offender is pulled over. Florida is just one of four states left in the nation that require officers to pull over drivers for a different primary offense - the minor ticket for texting while driving is only a side note to each traffic stop.
A recent bill did attempt to make texting while driving a primary offense and would have allowed police to pull over drivers for nothing other than seeing them text while driving - but it was halted due to concerns that it could lead to serious incidents of racial profiling. As such, it's currently still a problem that can lead to accidents.
What Are Your Options?
If you're involved in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, it's important to remember that out do have options available to you. Under Florida law, those who are injured in an accident can seek financial compensation for their injuries if they can show that their accident was caused by the recklessness or negligence of someone else. Reckless or negligent behavior can include a lot of things, but chief among them will be texting while driving.
If you're injured in an accident that was caused by a driver who was texting or using their smartphone while operating their vehicle, you could seek compensation for your injuries. This compensation could cover costs like:
• Lost ages from work
• Medical bills
• Future medical costs
• Future potential lost time at work
• Compensation for pain and suffering
• Property damage
• And more
In other words, you should be able to get enough money to adequately cover the heavy cost of your accident and get you back on the road. In order to do so, however, you'll need the help of a skilled personal auto accident lawyer who can identify your rights and then stand up for them.
Having an attorney on your side ensures that you are able to get restitution for your injuries and that the insurance companies or lawyers for the other side don't push you around or bully you into making you think that you can't seek compensation. Our team is here and ready to help you. Contact us today to get your free consultation and learn more about your rights after a distracted driving incident.