Distracted driving is a serious problem in Florida. Despite this fact, Florida has yet to pass a ban on cell phone use or text messaging while driving. This does not mean, however, that distracted drivers cannot be held accountable for the accidents they cause. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, it may be in your best interest to speak with a skilled Miami personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.Forms of Distracted Driving
There are many forms of distracted driving. It only takes a moment of inattentive driving to cause a serious accident.
- Eating and Drinking: Drivers in a rush may attempt to save time by eating as they drive. But it is an extremely dangerous form of distraction, which could have catastrophic consequences.
- Cell Phone Use: Many states have adopted hands-free laws regarding cell phone use because of the dangers holding a cell phone while driving creates. A recent study showed that 67 percent of 25- to 34-year-old drivers talk on their cell phones while driving.
- Texting While Driving: Texting is often even more distracting then simply making a phone call because a user must focus on the phone instead of the road. One out of seven U.S. drivers have admitted to texting while driving.
- Using the Radio: Changing a CD, adjusting the radio or fiddling with other controls in a car while driving is a common distraction that can lead to an accident.
- Other Passengers: Drivers talking to passengers and children in the car may take their eyes off the road.
- Inattentive Driving: Some people may simply let their mind drift off while driving. Being lost in thought is a form of distracted driving that may be difficult to prove in court.
After a distracted driving accident, the injured victim should take a number of steps to increase the chances of a successful claim. First, it is in the best interest of an injured victim of a distracted driver to call the police. When speaking to the police, victims should remember to never admit fault for the collision.
Also, injured victims would be well-advised to collect contact information from all drivers and witnesses involved in the collision. Taking photos of the cars, injuries suffered and location of the crash may also become important if the case goes to court. After seeking medical attention, injured victims should also contact an experienced Miami personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to acquire phone records to prove that the driver was distracted at the time of the accident. Additionally, an examination of the car and police report may help prove liability for the crash.
The Florida personal injury attorneys at Ruth E. Johnson have a history of holding distracted drivers accountable for the actions they cause. Call us today to request a free and comprehensive consultation.