Distracted driving occurs any time you take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. You are not driving safely when you take your mind off of the task. Any time you engage in any sort of non-driving activity while behind the wheel of a vehicle, it becomes a danger and increases your risk of crashing.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, some of the youngest and most inexperienced drivers in the state are the ones who often are distracted while driving. About 16 percent of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers who are 20 years old or younger.
Multitasking while driving has become a concern for traffic safety professionals and motorists throughout the country. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated 448,000 were injured in reported distracted driving motor vehicle crashes in 2009.
Choosing to drive distracted could have serious impacts on your life and the lives of others. Distracted driving is a danger to the person behind the wheel and other motorists on the road. If you are injured in a distracted driving accident, it is important you contact a person injury attorney to represent you.
After a distracted driving crash, contact an experienced Melbourne personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The team of attorneys can help you understand your legal options after a crash. Auto accidents cases can be complex, but the attorneys will negotiate the best possible settlement.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter will fight to get you what you deserve. They represent clients throughout Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County. Call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free case evaluation.
In the last few years, it has become commonplace to see someone driving while on a cell phone, putting on makeup behind the wheel or even eating and driving with one hand. Distractions are all around us, but when we get into the driver's seat, it is our responsibility to focus on safely getting from one point to another.
Some of the most common distractions drivers face includes:
Driving and talking on a cell phone in Florida is legal. However, drivers using electronic devices are one of the primary sources of distraction. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, the use of cell phones in motor vehicles results in a quadrupling of the risk of collision.
Dialing a number or talking on a phone is dangerous; however, according to the study, texting severely increases the likeliness of a crash. If you have to use your phone for any of its functions, including navigating on its GPS system, it is best to pull over.
If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver you may have suffered head or neck injuries, burns, bruises, cuts or back injuries. In some situations, the injuries could be more severe, such as spinal cord injuries, paraplegia or quadriplegia. You also could suffer emotional stress, anxiety, and damages to your vehicle.
You could receive economic damages for compensation for your injuries. The financial compensation would be intended to cover loss of income, medical bills, and out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages also might be available for pain and suffering, such as mental anguish or impairment of normal life.
A personal injury attorney can negotiate with the insurance company to seek a settlement in your case. If you do not reach a settlement, you could file suit against the truck driver and his or her company. To win your lawsuit, an attorney must prove the driver's negligence and the damages you suffered.
If you have been injured in a distracted driver crash, contact an experienced Melbourne personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The legal team can negotiate the best possible outcome in your case. Call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free consultation.