Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer Seeking Justice for Victims of Distracted Drivers
Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of collisions in Florida, despite laws limiting the use of wireless communication devices while driving. Many kinds of distracting behaviors can contribute to collisions, and drivers who cause accidents by not paying attention can be held accountable. Fort Myers car accident lawyer Randall L. Spivey helps victims of distracted driving crashes pursue claims against the at-fault drivers. If you or someone you love was hurt by a distracted driver, call Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. today at (888) 477-4839. We will work diligently to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.
Distracted Driving Accident Statistics and Roadway Safety Laws
When it comes to distracted driving accidents, most people think of collisions caused by cell phone use. Talking, texting and emailing on phones are all common behaviors. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 660,000 drivers are either using a phone or manipulating some type of electronic device at any given daylight hour on our nation’s roads.
Florida law prohibits texting and driving under Florida Statute section 316.305, but not every driver obeys the rules. Even if a driver is not texting but is talking on a handheld or hands-free phone, that driver faces an elevated accident risk.
Phones are not the only source of distraction. Other common causes of distracted driving-related accidents include:
- In-vehicle infotainment systems
- Talking with passengers
- Grooming or applying makeup
- Using a GPS or reading a map
- Manipulating the radio or other controls
Car accident victims can pursue a claim against distracted drivers if the victim can prove that his or her losses were caused by a driver’s failure to pay attention to the road.
We Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable
To recover compensation, victims of distracted driving accidents must prove that the motorist was not paying attention to the road. In some cases, a victim can show a driver violated a law, like Florida's ban on texting. Breaking a law creates a presumption that the driver was negligent. Under Florida law, if a driver's negligence causes an accident with serious or fatal injuries, that driver is liable for loss. This means a victim who proves a safety regulation was violated should be able to make a successful car accident claim.
Sometimes, a victim must establish negligence in other ways, especially if the driver was distracted by something other than a cell phone. At Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., firm founder Randall L. Spivey can help victims of distracted driving accidents in Fort Myers to devise a legal strategy to show they are entitled to compensation so they can fully recover for their damages.
Distracted drivers are not acting safely or respecting the rights of other motorists with whom they share the road. Our legal team works hard to help victims prove they should be compensated by drivers who take unnecessary risks.
Injured by a Distracted Motorist? Consult Our Fort Myers Car Accident Lawyer for Help Obtaining Compensation
If a distracted motorist was responsible for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one, an experienced Fort Myers car accident attorney can help you pursue justice. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. has a long track record of successfully representing victims in car accidents, including those caused by distraction. To find out how our legal team can help you to put together a case and fight for compensation, contact us today.
More Helpful Information
Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from driving is considered distracted driving.
Southwest Florida schools open in August. This means there will be more vehicles on our roads and children at bus stops. In 2018, the number one cause of accidents involving children and school buses was distracted driving.
Employees using their cell phones when they are driving are exposing themselves and others to a significant safety risk, and employers may also be held liable.
Safe Kids USA reports, in Distracted Drivers in School Zones – A National Report, that because cell phones, music devices and fast food have all become a major part of American culture, and people have become dependent on them, there are safety concerns around school zones.
According to End Distracted Driving, at a minimum, passengers need to train themselves to be considerate of everyone’s safety when they are a passenger. https://www.spiveylaw.com/blog/5-tips-for-being-a-good-passenger/