Hollywood Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer
Distracted driving has become one of the greatest dangers on the road since the advent of the cell phone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports about 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes stem from distracted driving. Research indicates the actual percentages are likely higher due to the difficulty of proving distracted driving.
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Contact Fischer Redavid PLLC if you suffered injuries in a Hollywood, Florida texting and driving accident.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving means to operate a motor vehicle while something else is occupying one’s attention. Many different types of driver distractions exist, but cell phones are arguably the deadliest.
This is because actions such as texting and driving fulfill all three types of driver distraction, which are as follows:
- Visual distractions. Anything that draws a driver’s visual attention away from the road. These can include roadside attractions, police activity, accidents, maps, or – the most common – looking at a cell phone.
- Manual distractions. Anything that requires the use of the driver’s hands. These can include rummaging for items inside the car, adjusting climate control or the car stereo, or typing a text message or email while driving.
- Cognitive distractions. Anything that preoccupies a driver’s mind when he or she should be focusing on driving. A stressful day at work, a recent conversation, or reading cell phone messages can create cognitive distractions.
Cell phone use is the predominant cause of distracted driving accidents in Florida. A driver must use at least one hand to hold the cell phone, his/her eyes to read text messages, and his/her mind to comprehend the conversation taking place. This is why it’s imperative for drivers to obey Florida’s ban on texting and driving and refrain from cell phone use behind the wheel.
Can You File a Lawsuit for Distracted Driving?
Every driver on the road owes a duty of care to the other drivers nearby to obey traffic laws and other rules of the road. Using a cell phone or engaging in other distracting behaviors behind the wheel is a violation of this duty of care. A driver who causes an accident due to texting and driving will almost always absorb liability for victims’ resulting damages. Even if texting and driving wasn’t against the law in Florida, it is a deadly form of driver negligence.
You might have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the texting driver if you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident. Florida’s no-fault insurance laws permit lawsuits against distracted drivers if the injuries are “serious.” In other words, if they caused long-lasting or permanent damage to the victim. A lawsuit could be the answer to recovering compensation for your losses.
Proving distracted driving can be difficult, but a good attorney from Fischer Redavid PLLC can help you obtain evidence such as traffic camera footage, eyewitness statements, and cell phone records to support your case. Our Hollywood lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of distracted driving claims. We focus on results and take the time to get to know each client to maximize results. A personal injury claim for distracted driving, with our help, can yield compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. Once we meet with you and review the details of your texting and driving accident, we can let you know what type of compensation you might expect from a successful lawsuit. We take a people-first approach to legal representation. You can rest assured knowing you have top legal counsel available at every step of the process.
Call our Hollywood, Florida attorneys at (954) 800-2155 today.