Distracted Driving Accidents
What is a distracted driver?
Simply put,a distracted driver is any motorist who is not focused on the road. In order to drive must be able to use your arms, eyes, hands, mind and legs. Cell phones and other distracts can impair one or all of these abilities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cell phones and other distractions are dangerous because they distract the driver manually, cognitively and visually. Common distractions include:
- Cellphone conversations
- Applying makeup
- GPS devices
- In-car conversations
- Adjusting the radio
- MP3 players
According to the NHTSA, cellphones are responsible for 18% of all distracted driving fatalities. Statistically, young drivers are involved in distracted driving accidents more often than adult motorists. In fact, research has shown that texting behind the wheel of a car may be more dangerous than driving drunk. Because of this, the government has instigated a variety of programs, statutes and laws regarding cell phone usage and the road.
Texting While Driving
Driving while distracted has always been a leading cause of car accidents, but it has gained increasing attention in recent years. More drivers are using their cell phones on the road and are causing others to suffer car accident injuries ranging from whiplash to death. If you act now and contact a Miami personal injury attorney from Klemick and Gampel, P.A., we may be able to help you recover a settlement to compensate you for your injuries. When you work with us, you will have over a century of combined experience on your side, and you will not pay a fee unless we recover a settlement for you. Take the first step by filling out our case evaluation form so that an attorney from our team can determine the most suitable course of action for you.
Driving while using a cell phone is still legal in our state, though increasing numbers of states have issued bans on the activity. The fact that it is legal does not make it safe or even acceptable, and if you suffered any type of injury as a result, you can and should pursue legal action against the other driver. Many people underestimate the dangerousness of talking on the phones, sending and receiving text messages, checking email or even surfing the web or watching videos, and carry on with these activities until they learn the hard way just how unsafe it is.
Vigorous Defense for Your Injury Claim
Cell phone use may be a leading cause of car accidents in Miami, but it is far from the only one. Driving is a highly involved activity, one which deserves the full attention of the driver. Many people take outrageous risks without considering the consequences, such as by applying makeup in the mirror, eating, adjusting the stereo, handling children in the back seat, searching for items on the floor-anything but focusing on the road and surrounding traffic. We will work diligently to help you hold a distracted driver accountable for your car accident so that you can recover the compensation you deserve. Contact a Miami car accident lawyer if you believe that a distracted driver caused your injuries and want to learn more about how we can help you pursue compensation.