Distracted Driving

Skilled Boca Raton accident attorneys hold responsible parties accountable

Cell phones ringing. Alerts that a text has been received. Children arguing in the back seat. Looking at the mapping directions on the screen. All of these activities take the driver’s attention off the road, contributing to the growth of distracted driving. Distracted driving is a risky behavior that puts the driver, passengers, and everyone on the road in danger. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident due to another party’s distracted driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our Boca Raton accident attorneys help those who have been hurt in distracted driving car accidents. We hold negligent parties accountable and successfully recover maximum compensation for your injuries.

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is not limited to cell phone use, although it is one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) states that distracted driving is “anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or mind off driving”. The DHSMV lists three different types of driver distractions:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: thinking about something other than driving

Texting involves all three of these distractions, which makes it one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. Adjusting the radio controls, checking the GPS, eating or drinking, daydreaming, conversing with passengers, minding children in the backseat, and grooming are all common distractions.

Distracted driving accidents

Distracted driving costs lives. While on the road, the driver must observe the road conditions, other cars, speed limits, traffic signs, and other activity on the road. When recognizing a hazard, such as another car entering the flow of traffic, the driver must react in a timely manner to avoid an accident. This reaction time is critical – even a driver who is focused on the road, driving at 50 mph, will travel almost the length of a football field before coming to a full stop.

Insurance and personal injury claims

Florida is a no-fault car insurance state and if you have been involved in a car accident, the first step is to file a claim under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage, which is mandatory for all drivers in the state. This protection provides compensation for medical expenses and other losses stemming from the car accident, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. If your personal injury claim meets the legal negligence standard, you can file a claim against the driver that caused the accident.

We fight to protect the injured

Suffering injury in a car accident is often compounded by medical bills, loss of income, and other damages. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our skilled accident lawyers fight to protect the injured, successfully recovering just compensation for those who have been hurt due to another person’s negligence, such as in a distracted driving accident. To speak to a member of our team about your case, contact our office at 844-443-3529 or contact us online.