The dangers of texting, talking on the phone, and other forms of distracted driving have been driven home through public awareness campaigns and laws penalizing cell phone use. Unfortunately, data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reveals there is still far to go. Every year, more than 160,000 traffic crashes are linked to distracted driving, causing numerous fatalities and almost 50,000 injuries. While you may know that state law provides you with rights, you may not know where to begin with seeking your legal remedies.
You can count on our team at Payer Law to handle the legal process for distracted driving collisions and get the compensation you deserve. Please contact our firm to set up a no-cost consultation with an distracted driving attorney who can explain your options. You might also benefit from reviewing some background information about the relevant concepts.
Liability in Distracted Driving Crashes
Most automobile accidents are caused by negligence, a legal standard that requires you to prove that the other motorist failed to exercise reasonable care when driving. Reasonableness is measured by what a prudent driver would do in the same situation. Knowing the risks of distracted driving, it is clear that using a phone, eating, drinking, and grooming is a form of negligence. These activities are dangerous because they affect a motorist in three key ways:
- Visually, since the driver’s eyes are off the road for a few seconds to several moments while distracted;
- Manually, as a motorist needs hands and/or fingers for activities associated with distracted driving; and
- Cognitively, because the person’s thoughts are on the distracting task instead of the road and vehicle.
Legal Remedies for Accident Victims
Even when the specific cause of a car crash is distracted driving, the legal process for recovering compensation is generally the same. Assuming your injuries are serious enough to overcome Florida’s no-fault laws for auto collisions, you will file a claim with the insurance company that covers the at-fault driver. Payer Law will help with gathering evidence and paperwork, and we are adept at settlement negotiations with insurers. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount for your losses, we will take next steps by filing a lawsuit in court.
Our Orlando distracted driving lawyers strive to recover the full range of monetary damages you deserve by law, including:
- Costs of medical treatment;
- Lost wages, if you were unable to work because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Losses that impact your personal relationships; and
- Diminished quality of life.
Set Up a Free Consultation with an Orlando Distracted Driving Attorney
An overview of Florida distracted driving collisions and the legal process is helpful, but it is wise to rely on experienced legal counsel for assistance with your case. The Payer Law team can assist with the necessary tasks, so please contact our Orlando, FL office today. You can call 407-307-2979 or go online to set up a free case evaluation with an Orlando distracted driving lawyer.