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Act Today – Drive Distraction Free

April 7, 2022 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents | Share

The National Safety Council (NSC) says, “Take Action Today”. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the NSC wants everyone to help make our roadways safer for ourselves and others.

Act Today - Drive Distraction Free SpiveyLawThe NSC reports that more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving accidents. These distractions include talking on cell phones - even hands-free - texting, and programming in-vehicle infotainment systems.

In November 2021, a camera caught a Collier County driver in the bike lane on Park Shore Drive in Naples. The driver was distracted. Michelle Brown-Avola from the Naples Pathway Coalition, an organization that works to create safe, bikeable, walkable, communities in Collier County, told NBC2 News, “We can attribute it to a number of things. Distracted driving is a huge issue nationwide, but I see it too often down here. Our city and county have made so much progress in our infrastructure; however, bike lanes have become so dangerous these days because people are doing so many things while driving. We have the responsibility when we’re behind the wheel to avoid accidents; that is our responsibility. We have to be looking out for one another.”

In December 2021, WINK News reported that traffic was stalled for hours near downtown Fort Myers because of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Seaboard Street. A Fort Myers police spokesperson said the crash occurred because a driver was arguing with someone on his cellphone while driving. The vehicle did not stop at a red light and another vehicle flipped in the air.

Charlotte County has not been immune from distracted driving accidents. The Sun Port Charlotte reported in August 2021 that distracted driving accidents were up in July 150 percent from the previous year. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell addressed the matter in a letter to the public on the CCSO’s website. He is urging drivers to practice safe driving, and passengers to speak up when they are riding with a distracted driver. “An accident can happen in a moment. Don’t take your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel for even a moment.”

At Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. we have seen the devastation caused by distracted driving One example was a multi-million-dollar jury verdict we obtained for a husband and wife injured in a Fort Myers car accident when the other driver took his eyes off the road and crossed the center line hitting their vehicle.

Our distracted driving attorneys work with clients to hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions. The Florida cell phone law says that if another driver’s negligence is the cause of an accident that has serious or fatal injuries, the driver is liable for the loss. If the accident is caused by something other than the use of a cell phone, such as eating, speaking with passengers, etc., then we must find other ways to prove distracted negligence.

Fort Myers Distracted Driving Attorney Randall Spivey urges drivers to do the following:

  • Focus only on the task at hand: Driving Safely.
  • Limit the number of passengers and the amount of activity inside the car.
  • Avoid eating while driving.
  • Do not multitask while you are driving – focus on driving only.
  • Secure your cargo.

We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation.

Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident please contact Attorney Randall Spivey at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839 or contact us online at SpiveyLaw.

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