Distracted driving is on the rise in Florida—and showing no signs of slowing. According to certain studies, there were over 50,000 distracted driving accidents in Florida in 2017, making our state the second worst one for distracted driving incidents. There are many forms of distracted driving, but texting/cell phone use while driving ranks high on the list. While talking on a handheld cell phone is not illegal, texting while driving is a secondary offense (meaning a police officer cannot pull someone over simply for using a cell phone while driving, but they can ticket a person for doing so if they are pulled over for another reason, such as speeding). It is important to note, however, that despite its legality, cellphone use while driving is almost always considered negligence.
If you were hit by a distracted driver, whether it was someone texting while driving or someone who was simply not paying attention, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Contact the Clearwater distracted driving accident attorneys at The Fran Haasch Law Group to learn more about your legal rights.
Call (727) 784-8191 or contact us online for a free evaluation. We proudly serve clients in Clearwater, Tampa, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and the Greater Tampa Bay Region and beyond.
What Is Distracted Driving?
When most people think of distracted driving, they think of a driver who is looking down, reading or sending a text, or reaching for something in the backseat. While all of these are considered distracted driving, not all distracted driving is quite so blatant.
In fact, there are three main types of distracted driving:
- Visual Distraction: This tends to be the most commonly thought of form of distracted driving. Visual distraction occurs any time a driver looks away from the road. This can include things like turning around to help a child in the backseat, looking down at a cell phone or reading a GPS device.
- Manual Distraction: Manual distraction occurs when a driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel while driving. This includes things like turning the radio station, holding a cell phone, applying makeup, or eating while driving.
- Cognitive Distraction: This is typically one of the more difficult types of distracted driving to prove, as the driver does not always show physical signs of distraction, yet he or she is mentally distracted from driving. Cognitive distraction can include things like daydreaming or simply not paying attention.
Any time a driver gets behind the wheel but fails to focus on the task at hand—driving—he or she is acting negligently. If you are injured by a negligent driver, you can take legal action to hold him/her accountable and to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Let Our Firm Fight for You
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we have almost 20 years of experience handling all types of car accident claims. Our team of distracted driving lawyers in Clearwater works quickly to investigate the cause of your accident and prove who is liable. We work with various experts and specialists, including accident reconstructionists, in order to determine exactly how the collision occurred.
When you trust your case to our team, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to help you secure the justice and fair recovery you deserve. We work hard to help you recover the maximum settlement you are owed and, if the liable party refuses to fairly settle your claim, our experienced litigators are prepared to represent your rights in court.
We are available 24/7 to assist you; please call our firm at (727) 784-8191 or submit an online contact form to request your complimentary case evaluation.