Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car crash injuries. Every year, over 400,000 people are injured in these accidents, with over 3,000 fatalities. No matter what Florida does to crack down on distracted driving, people will still not focus on the road.
Distracted driving has always been a problem for as long as there have been cars. Smartphones have made the problem far worse. Now, drivers have something at the ready that takes their eyes off the road. When they look down to read a text, their car can travel; the length of an entire football field.
Even when a driver is not necessarily doing something illegal, they may still be liable for distracted driving. Eating behind the wheel and having conversations with passengers also take the driver’s focus away from their task.
Common distracted driving accidents include rear-end accidents and crashes that happen when a motorist does not properly check their blindspot. These accidents can be even more severe than the average car accident because the distracted driver does not take action to evade or prevent the accident, and it can occur at full speed.
Your lawyer may be able to prove that the driver was distracted by getting cell phone and internet search records in discovery. Even if you do not know for sure that the driver was on their device, you may still get financial compensation for a distracted driving accident because the driver’s negligence will be apparent. A car that rear-ends another or strays from their lane would be responsible, no matter what you can prove that the driver was doing.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a distracted driving car accident, the attorneys at Naples & Spence can help. Call us today at 904.657.7117 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.