The number of car accidents caused by distracted driving has increased significantly in recent years, and the statistics are troubling. Distraction is now one of the leading safety threats on the road, and experts believe that a distracted driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver.
If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, there is a significant chance that distraction played a role. Consequently, you must take action to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. You may be injured and unsure of how to move forward, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone.
Common distractions for Florida drivers
Distractions are cognitive, visual, physical or any combination of the three. Texting is one of the most common types of distracted driving, and it is particularly dangerous because it affects a person's cognition, vision and physical actions. Other common distractions while behind the wheel include:
- Looking at a map or GPS
- Talking with other passengers
- Talking on the phone
- Using a phone app
- Eating or grooming
- Adjusting the radio
- Watching a video
Distracted drivers often exhibit some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, such as:
- Driving at erratic speeds
- Failing to properly yield
- Driving through intersections
- Following too closely
Not only do distracted drivers endanger other motorists, but they place pedestrians, cyclists, bikers and their own passengers at risk for serious or fatal injuries. Fortunately, there are ways to hold these drivers accountable for damages caused in accidents.
Validating your civil claim
If you believe your injuries were a direct result of distracted driving, you have the right to seek compensation from all liable parties. While it can be complex to build a strong claim for distracted driving, your lawyer can gather the evidence needed to help validate your claim to recovery.
Requesting phone records, verifying witness accounts and evaluating physical evidence at the scene of your accident are some of the ways a lawyer can move your case forward. Do not assume that you do not have grounds for a civil claim, but instead, turn to an experienced legal professional for an honest evaluation of your case and an explanation of your rights as a distracted driving victim.