Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving can result from any mental or physical activity that takes away the driver’s focus from what is happening on the road. Distracted motorists are often the reason that accidents happen on our highways and a significant cause of injuries. Miami car accident lawyer Robert Dixon is experienced in handling these types of claims, and he can advise you if you have been injured as a result of a driver’s carelessness. The Law Offices of Robert Dixon serves clients in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as throughout Florida. We will work tirelessly to help you seek compensation from those whose actions harmed you.Distracted Driving in Florida
In 2013, Florida passed a law prohibiting individuals from texting while driving. Drivers are now subject to a fine and other costs if found texting. Drivers also may get points against their licenses for repeat citations, as well as if they text in a school zone or cause an accident while texting. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, distracted drivers contribute to over 2,000 car accidents yearly. The state has listed distracted driving as one of the eight top traffic safety concerns in its 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
Besides texting, there are many other types of dangerous distractions that can lead to a serious accident, including:
- Talking or dialing a phone
- Drinking and eating
- Conversations with other passengers in the car
- Putting on makeup or other grooming habits
- Reading or using a navigation device
- Changing music on the radio or other device
- Various other distractions either internally or outside the vehicle
Although some of these activities seem innocent, they can be extremely dangerous if someone is driving at a high speed or spending a long time without focusing on the road. Distracted driving accidents account for over 3,000 fatalities nationally each year, as well as over 400,000 injuries.Protect Your Rights With a Negligence Lawsuit
Distracted motorists can be held financially liable for injuries that result from their careless actions. An injured person must show that the driver was negligent, which means that he or she failed to act as a reasonable person would have in similar circumstances. To succeed on a negligence claim, the victim must prove:
- The driver had a duty to act with reasonable care;
- The driver breached this duty with some type of careless behavior;
- That breach caused the victim’s injuries; and
- The victim suffered damages as a result.
A driver who is texting or otherwise distracted while driving may be found to have breached his or her duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would while operating a vehicle. An injured victim who succeeds in a negligence claim may recover damages for past and future medical expenses, property damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, or any other economic and non-economic damages that may be applicable. In Florida, a personal injury claim must be filed within four years from the date of injury.
A victim who contributed to the accident may still be able to receive a lesser amount of compensation for his or her injuries. In Florida, an injured person can recover damages proportionate to his or her degree of fault, however high that may be.Discuss Your Car Crash Case With a Fort Lauderdale Lawyer
As electronic devices become more and more popular, the rate of accidents caused by distracted drivers also increases. These types of accidents can lead to serious harm, which could result in an overwhelming financial burden. If you’ve been hurt because of another person’s distraction while on the road, contact Fort Lauderdale injury attorney Robert Dixon for guidance on how to assert your claim and seek compensation. Contact us to schedule a free consultation regarding the accident that harmed you. Please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online.