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.
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
- 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 50 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: