Distracted Driving Accidents
Driving a car requires the drive’s complete attention. Many of us think that we can multitask while driving as we do when performing other duties at the office or home. Consequently, we often talk on the phone, read or send texts, or perform other tasks while we drive our vehicles. This is an accident waiting to happen...
If you or someone you love was injured by a driver who was distracted when talking on the phone or texting while driving, it is important that you hire a lawyer who has experience handling these cases and that can help you recover the compensation you may be owed for injuries caused in accidents caused by these distracted drivers. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano our Miami distracted driving accident lawyers represent people injured in car accidents across the State of Florida. We are determined to help the victims of distracted drivers rebuild their lives after a serious accident.Florida Texting And Cellphone Accident Lawyers
Drivers tend to get more distracted talking on the phone while driving than when talking to other vehicle occupants. When a driver and the passengers in the vehicle are having a conversation, the driver can keep both hands on the wheel and observe the conditions on the road. Many newer vehicles come equipped with bluetooth technology that allows the driver to speak on the phone thru the car’s radio speakers. However, many older model cars do not have this capability and although separate bluetooth devices to free their hands and be able to keep them on the wheel are available, many drivers do not use them. Moreover, reading or writing text messages is far worse than talking on the phone, because in those cases the driver typically does not only have his or her hands off the steering wheel, but the eyes off the road. These distractions reduce the driver’s reaction time to events occurring on the road in front of him or her, cause the driver to make erratic changes in speed, as well as other issues.
The latest statistics available (2010) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 5% percent of drivers used cell phones while holding them to their ears in 2010. The percentage of drivers using a cell phone (either talking or texting) while driving increased by 0.9% that same year. Drivers between the ages of 17 to 24 and females are the groups that use cell phones more frequently while driving. Following are more statistics gathered by a HealthDay poll of 2,800 American adults from November, 2011 regarding distracted driving:
- About 37% of the interviewed drivers admitted having sent or received text messages while driving, and 18% said they continue to do it on a regular basis.
- Almost 86% of the polled drivers admitted to having consumed food or something to drink while driving, and 57% said they do it “sometimes” or “often.”Thirty six percent of adult drivers have read a map while driving, and 10% do it “sometimes” or “often.”Forty-one percent of adult drivers have admitted to setting or changing a GPS system while driving, and 21% do it “more often.”
- About 14% of the female drivers interviewed for this poll admitted to having put makeup on while driving at least once, while 7% admitted to doing it regularly. Similarly, one in five drivers admitted to having combed or styled his or her hair while driving. One in ten does it regularly.
- About 13% of adult drivers have surfed the Internet while driving.
Results of the poll showed that younger drivers were more likely to engage in distracted driving. Men were more likely to drive while drowsy, drive after drinking, read a map, use a GPS system, and use the Internet.
A large percentage of the people said they know distracted driving is dangerous, but do it anyway.
Unlike many states, Florida has not enacted laws barring texting while driving. However, this does not mean that a driver that gets into an accident and causes injuries to innocent victims because he or she was distracted texting or talking on the phone while driving is not liable to those victims.
Our law firm has over 100 years of combined experience helping the victims of these distracted drivers recover the compensation they are owed and our car accident lawyers will be with you each step of the way. We will immediately send our in house investigator to the scene of the accident to start collecting evidence and talking to witnesses while the events surrounding the accidents are fresh in their minds. We will closely look at all of the evidence to prove that the other driver's negligent or reckless acts were the cause of the accident. Although most cases are settled prior to trial, we are ready to bringing all our cases to a jury and judge from the onset if necessary to ensure that our clients get the most compensation they are owed.Contact Greenberg, Stone & Urbano
Call us today at 305-595-2400 or contact us via email to schedule your free initial consultation. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe us fees unless we win your case and obtain compensation for you.