In recent years, distracted driving has bloomed into a widespread, national concern. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has even gone as far as referring to distracted driving as an epidemic, and one capable of producing extensive harm throughout Florida, and the entire country. Whether this problem is caused by the fact that drivers today, more than ever before, have access to numerous potential distractions behind the wheel or because too many Americans disregard the need to remain vigilant when driving are concerns that have yet to be fully addressed. The facts, however, prove that distracted driving produces devastating results.
According to the NHTSA, more than 3,000 Americans were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2010 alone. It can also be assumed that distracted driving also played a contributing role in thousands of injuries. If you or your loved one has suffered the consequences of a distracted driver’s negligence, allow a seasoned car accident attorney from Distasio Law Firm to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call a Florida distracted driving accident lawyer now for a free case review.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver takes their attention away from the primary task of driving. Common examples include:
- Eating and drinking
- Reading, including maps
- Personal grooming
- Watching videos and using navigation systems
- Talking to passengers
- Using a cell phone
Although distracted driving in Florida is by no means a new problem, it is one that has evolved and increased in severity in the age of technological innovations. Handheld devices, in particularly cell phones and smart phones, are the most concerning form of driver distraction. This is because texting and using a cell phone demands the visual, cognitive, and manual attention of a driver simultaneously. This, according to statistics from the NHTSA, creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Given the fact that distracted driving has produced so much measurable harm, Florida has enacted laws explicitly banning texting and the use of handheld devices behind the wheel. This means that if another driver was using their phone when they caused your accident and injury, they can be held fully liable for compensating you for the damages you suffered.
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Attorney Scott Distasio has dedicated his professional career to helping injured people. Throughout the years, numerous injured victims and families have trusted their case to him during some of the most difficult experiences in their life. Experienced and genuinely committed to the victims he represents, Scott has accumulated an impressive record of success and an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for his ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and professional excellence.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a crash in Florida caused by a distracted driver, you can trust one of the dedicated attorneys at Distasio Law Firm to deliver the attention and proven representation you need to recover the maximum compensation possible. Contact us today to learn more about pursuing your claim.
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Our law firm has handled hundreds of car accident injury cases. We know the medicine, we know the defense experts, and we know how to prove your case. If your injuries were caused by a negligent car driver in an auto accident, we are confident we can help. Call us today to discuss what a Florida distracted driving accident lawyer can do for your case.