Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver?
With so many other attention-grabbing situations and gadgets, it’s understandably difficult for some drivers to keep their eyes and mind on the roads. However, distracted driving is no excuse for causing an accident. All those who get behind the wheel of a car are responsible for driving with care and doing everything in their power to prevent an accident, including avoiding distractions. If you or a family member became the victim of a distracted driver, you need to know that you have legal rights. A Miami car accident lawyer from Flagler Personal Injury Group can help you understand and exercise them.
Distracted Driving Gets its Own Awareness Month
Distracted driving is now more common than ever. In fact, it’s become such a problem that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated June as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” In 2019, distracted driving took the lives of 3,142 individuals – a ten percent increase from the previous year. Although young drivers may seem to use their phones while driving more often, drivers of all ages contribute to this problem.
Types of Distracted Driving
Driving has mental and physical demands. When drivers can’t meet these demands, the risk of an accident increases exponentially. Distracted drivers can be physically distracted, such as taking their hands off the wheel to reach for something on the vehicle’s floor or into the back seat. They can also be mentally distracted by daydreaming, talking to passengers, or focusing their thoughts on other things causing them to drive while on “autopilot.”
Some actions cause both physical and mental distractions while driving. For example, sending or receiving text messages causes the driver to look at their phone, manually use their phone, and think about what is being sent to them or what they want to send.
Other examples of distracted driving include:
- Eating or drinking
- Personal hygiene such as applying makeup, painting nails, or brushing/flossing teeth
- Trying to handle pets or children within the vehicle
- Adjusting the audio in the vehicle
- Setting the GPS system
- Using a cell phone in other ways, such as for social media or playing games
No matter how a distracted driver caused your accident, if they are liable and you sustained injuries, you deserve compensation for them. By working with a skilled Miami car accident attorney, you could ensure justice in your claim.
Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver? Let Our Experienced Miami Car Accident Lawyers Help
Most car accidents are not just accidents. They are the result of the negligent actions of others, sometimes distracted drivers. Car accident victims often have thousands of dollars of medical bills, many missed workdays, and long-lasting physical and emotional scars. They are left with many concerns and long roads to recovery. They deserve to recover compensation for their losses. At Flagler Personal Injury Group, this is our mission—to get you the compensation you deserve after a distracted driver caused your injuries. Call us today at 305-424-8445 or contact us online to receive your complimentary case consultation and find out how we can help you.