Most Common Distractions When Driving in FloridaJuly 26, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
There were 1,907 distracted-driving accidents in Lee County in 2020. Some drivers spoke with WINK News in April 2021 about distracted driving. Here is what a couple of drivers had to say about their experiences on our roads:
“I see a lot of people on their phones every day, all the time. You’ll stop at a light and people will be beeping and, sure enough, you look over and 10 cars are passed and a lady or whoever is sitting there on their phone.”
“I’ve been blindsided and hit in the side, so a lot of accidents happen like that; you just have to pay attention to the road and pay attention to others. People are on their phones, even looking at the signs on the side of the road… because if you take your eyes off the road, that’s it—anything can happen, and there’s a lot of accidents that happen out here.”
Experts say the most common driving distractions are:
- Talking and texting on the phone
- Eating and/or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Using GPS
- Adjusting radios
- Applying makeup/grooming
- Not looking at the road
- Handling children or pets
“Florida law prohibits texting and driving. However, not every driver obeys the law. Even when not texting, just speaking on a hand-held or hands-free phone causes an elevated accident risk,” says Randall Spivey, Fort Myers car accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Victims of distracted-driving accidents may be entitled to compensation for losses, including damages such as medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To be compensated, the victims must prove that the negligent motorist was not paying attention.
“Should you or a loved one be injured because of the negligence of another, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. for a free consultation after seeking medical attention. Whether your personal injury or wrongful death claim involves a car accident, slip and fall, motorcycle accident, drunk driving accident, product liability claim, or another type of incident altogether, our Fort Myers accident and injury lawyers have the expertise, resources, and experience to advocate for your rights under Florida law. We are available to assist you 24/7,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers accident attorney.
Fort Myers Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.