Drivers on the road today face an endless variety of hazards. In addition to drunk drivers and people falling asleep at the wheel, we now have to contend with distracted driving caused by cellphones or other mobile devices. The distracted driving accident lawyers at the St. Petersburg law firm of Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera represent those who have been hurt in a car crash or auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Distracted Driving is a Growing Threat on Florida’s Roads
As long as people have been driving vehicles, there have been distracted drivers. Traditionally, distractions existed in the form of food, drinks or even passengers. Today, drivers are also often distracted by electronic devices such as:
- Cellphone calls
- Text messages
- Car radios
Avoiding an accident often requires a split-second decision, so any activity or interference that takes a driver’s eyes or mind off of the road can be deadly. If you have been hurt because a driver wasn’t paying attention, we can help.
The Dangers of Texting while Driving
All cellphone use is dangerous for drivers. Even hands-free systems take a driver’s attention off the road. The most dangerous uses involve the driver looking at their phone or typing into it. Texting and other forms of messaging divert your attention for an average of five seconds at a time. At highway speeds, that’s enough time to drive the length of a football field.
For this reason, Florida passed a statute that prohibited texting while driving starting in 2013. It covers all forms of messaging that require a user to enter multiple letters or numbers in order to communicate. A first violation is a nonmoving violation, but subsequent violations within five years of the first are considered to be moving violations.
What to Do if You Have Been in a Car Accident with a Distracted Driver
If you have been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, it is important that you make your safety a primary concern. Get out of the roadway if possible. Help any additional victims to safety if you can. Call the police and exchange information with the other driver. Take photos of the accident scene and anything else that might prove that the other driver was distracted. Always seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you have been hurt. Don’t admit fault and never speak with an insurance adjuster before contacting a skilled car accident lawyer.
An Experienced St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Your lawyer will work with accident reconstruction experts to prove that the accident was the other driver’s fault. Additionally, your lawyer can request the other driver’s phone records under Florida law to help prove that the driver was texting at the time of the accident. An experienced attorney can also help you prove that your injuries are severe enough to pass the threshold required for a lawsuit under Florida’s no-fault laws. Once we get to court, our attorneys stand up to the insurance companies to get you justice.
Contact Our Office Today
If your injuries in a car accident were caused by someone who was distracted while driving, you have rights under the law. At Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera, our attorneys are committed to getting justice for injury victims in the St. Petersburg area. To schedule a free consultation, call our office or contact us online.