Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted Driving

Texting or the use of mobile devices has been a rampant cause of distracted driving in recent years in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. Each year, more and more states enact bans against the use of mobile devices while driving. This has been linked to a significant decline in car crash injuries according to a recent study by the American Journal of Public health. The study revealed that in the states that enacted laws to ban the use of cell phones while driving between 2003 and 2010, hospitalizations caused by car accidents decreased. Additionally, the study also found adults between the ages of 25 and 40 years old are most likely to use their mobile devices while driving. If you have been injured in a vehicle accident caused by another person’s distracted driving in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach County, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. You should consult with Englander Peebles today to ensure that your rights are protected.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a study showing that a vehicular accident is twenty-three times more likely to occur when a driver is texting. Thirty percent of all car crashes in the country are the result of drivers who admit to using a mobile device right before the accident. NHTSA studies also found that using a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle may be more risky than driving with a blood alcohol level of .08.

Using a Mobile Device While Driving in Florida

In 2013, Florida passed a statute that prohibits persons from operating a motor vehicle while they are, among other things, texting, emailing, and instant messaging. The ban is not limited to cell phones, but includes any handheld device capable of sending/receiving text messages, able to access or store data, or connect to the internet.

Liability for Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

All drivers have a duty of care toward other drivers who share the road, which means every driver must look out for the safety and well being of each other. When the driver’s distraction of using a mobile device while driving causes a car crash, he or she may be responsible for the damages and injuries suffered by the other driver, who is entitled to compensation for the accident. Victims of accidents caused by distracted driving may be entitled to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, among other things.

Englander Peebles is an AV Rated Personal Injury Law Firm with extensive experience in personal injury claims and will fight for your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries. Englander Peebles will take immediate action to ensure that your rights are protected. You only have a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit, so you should not delay. Please contact us today for a free initial consultation if you have suffered injuries from a motor vehicle accident in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach County. You can reach Englander Peebles at (954) 500-4878 or by submitting our online form.