Accident Attorneys Seek Compensation for Injuries Caused by Distracted Drivers
Distracted drivers account for more than 30 percent of accidents
According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida has the highest incidence of distracted driving in the nation, and distracted drivers cause more accidents than drunk drivers. If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, the accident attorneys at Osborne & Francis can help. Our goal is to secure maximum compensation for your injuries. Our reputation for relentless advocacy, favorable results and personal attention to injured victims spans decades.
What qualifies as distracted driving in Florida?
In general, distracted driving includes anyactivity which diverts a driver’s attention from the road. Texting and driving has become a dangerous national epidemic, so much so that many states have deemed texting while driving unlawful. In 2015, Florida passed a ban on texting while driving in an effort to make roadways safer. The Florida statute specifically forbids texting while driving.While this statute that can lead to a police citation, if you were injured by a driver who was texting which caused the accident, you may have a civil claim for compensation. The Florida texting ban makes it clear that a driver has a responsibility to others that includes refraining from texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle. While texting is the most common distraction, other driver distractions include:
- Eating or drinking
- Watching DVDs
- Distraction from passengers
- Talking on a cell phone
- Looking at a GPS device
- Applying makeup
- Tuning the radio
Distracted driving cause’s more than 1.3 million accidents every year in the U.S. alone, many of which result in serious bodily harm or fatalities. Our accident lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience holding distracted drivers accountable for their negligent actions.
How do I prove the driver who caused the accident was distracted?
In order to determine negligence, we conduct a thorough investigation, looking at items such as:
- Phone Records: Requesting cell phone records to confirm that texting occurred that the time of the accident.
- Witnesses: Obtaining first-hand accounts of passengers and other witnesses.
- Police Reports: Use of police reports and official conclusions as to the cause of the accident, as well as other contributing factors such as weather or road conditions are imperative.
- Experts: Accident reconstruction experts can verify there were no external causes for the accident.
If you have been involved in a car crash with a distracted driver, contact our accident attorneys today for a free consultation
Distracted driving accidents are preventable, making any injury or death all the more tragic. Your accident claim deserves the representation of an experienced and aggressive accident attorney from Osborne & Francis. We are available to speak you at any time, and urge you to schedule a free consultation today. Contact us at 561-293-2600 or contact us online.