Distracted Driving Accidents

Driver Distraction & Victims' Rights

Although technological innovations have allowed humans to accomplish amazing feats, they are not without their drawbacks. One of the most glaring examples of the negative impact new technology has had on the lives of Americans is distracted driving. Referred to as a "dangerous epidemic" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving rates have increased dramatically in the past several years. Distracted Driver As a result, so have injuries and illnesses. In fact, statistics published by the NHTSA report that more than 416,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver and that more than 3,000 people were killed.

While distracted driving is no new issue, it most certainly has become an alarming trend. Any activity or action that takes a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving is incredibly dangerous and places others on the road in serious danger.

Some of the most common types of distractions include:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Personal grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Watching videos or navigation systems
  • Texting
  • Using cell phones and smart phones

Although any form of driver distraction is dangerous, texting while driving is far and above the most alarming. This is because texting commands the simultaneous efforts of a driver's manual, visual, and cognitive attention. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, texting behind the wheel creates a texting accident crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

How a Clearwater Car Accident Attorney Can Help

Distracted driving is a negligent, careless, and extremely dangerous act. Florida has recently passed a law prohibiting texting and driving. A person can be held liable for the accidents and injuries caused by this distracted driving behavior. This is because they demonstrate a severe disregard for the safety of others. In our effort to hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions and to recover compensation on your behalf, our legal team draws from more than 48 years of combined experience to collect evidence and present the facts that support your right to a recovery of your damages.

Hit by a distracted driver? Our civil trial experts can fight for you!

Our firm's founding lawyers, Attorney Mark Roman and Morgan Gaynor, are both board-certified civil trial lawyers by the Florida Bar. As such, they are considered experts in civil litigation and have consistently proven that they can obtain full compensation for clients through both verdicts and settlements. When you depend upon a positive resolution to recover past and future medical expenses, lost work wages and future earnings, and physical and emotional damages, you need capable legal minds in your corner. Contact a Clearwater car accident lawyer from Roman & Gaynor today.

Distracted Driving Blog Resources

If you would like to learn more about distracted driving accidents, check out some of our blogs on the topic: