Distracted Driving Accidents
Accidents and injuries caused by texting and driving are completely preventable. In Florida, texting while driving is a citable offense.
Florida crash reports now enable officers to not only report more specific driver distraction data, but also with greater ease, by merely checking one of the following categories: distracted by electronic communication devices (cell phone, etc.), other electronic devices (navigation device, DVD player), other distraction inside the vehicle, external distraction (outside the vehicle), texting, or general inattentiveness.
The facts are clear that texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving. That’s why, when you are injured by a driver who was texting or using a cell phone, hiring a Jacksonville auto accident attorney to help you seek justice may be the only way to make the driver face the consequences of that irresponsible decision.
It’s easy to believe that distracted driving pertains only to cell phone use, however, nothing could be further from the truth.
Here are the three main types of distracted driving:
Distracted driving takes on many forms, including but not limited to:
You get the point. If you’re not careful, you could easily find yourself distracted. And when that happens, the risk of an accident is much greater.
You know distractions exist, but that doesn’t mean you know what it takes to avoid them.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent distractions from putting you at risk of an accident. Do the following:
It’s these types of basic steps that can help you avoid distractions while driving.
While you’re paying attention to the road and those around you, you may find that another driver isn’t doing the same. For instance, it’s common to spot someone who is texting or talking on the phone.
Should you spot a distracted driver, here’s what you should do:
If a distracted driver causes an accident, move to safety and call 911. Again, this isn’t the right time to confront them about their negligence. You’ll have time in the future to take action by seeking compensation for your damages.
Distracted driving is more common than the flu. Who can say they haven’t done it?
Distracted drivers depend on luck to stay alive, and their luck won’t last forever. There’s only one job behind the wheel. Careful drivers focus just on that job. It’s easier than you might think to make changes that put the total focus on driving that will help each of us arrive alive and make the roadways safer for everyone.
We are committed to educating drivers about the risks of distracted driving. Through theTerrell • Hogan Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign we offer two free educational presentations for both adults (for the Workforce) and high school students (End Distracted Driving).
And of course, if you’re injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm online or via phone at (888) 244-5557. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of obtaining compensation for your injuries and other damages.
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