Distracted driving is dangerous. Taking one’s eyes off the road or one’s hands off the wheel, even for a few seconds, can result in a collision. A driver may fail to see a vehicle that is stopped, a person or an animal attempting to cross the road, or another hazard.
Drivers can be distracted by countless things while operating their vehicles. While cellphones are probably one of the first that comes to mind, eating, grooming, talking to a passenger, reaching for a fallen item, and managing children and pets can all take a driver’s attention away from the road and can lead to a collision.
If you were involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you may have suffered debilitating injuries, such as back, neck, or head trauma. You may have suffered broken bones and possibly lost limbs or paralysis. You may have been forced to spend days, weeks, or months in the hospital, and you may have to receive ongoing treatment at home, at a doctor’s office, or in a rehabilitation facility. Even with excellent medical care, you may never be able to fully recover from your injuries and return to the life you enjoyed prior to the crash.
If you are unable to work because of the accident, your family may be struggling to manage bills for medical treatments, housing, utilities, food, car loans, and credit cards. It may be months before you will be able to return to work, or you may never be able to perform the type of work you used to do. You may be permanently disabled and may not be able to perform any job at all. These sudden and devastating changes may be causing unbearable stress and straining your relationships with your spouse and children.
A Tallahassee distracted driving accident lawyer may be able to help you seek a financial award to compensate you for the losses you have suffered due to the crash. Ben Crump Law, PLLC represents clients who were hurt in similar collisions and may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Call our office at 800-959-1444 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Florida Laws on Cellphone Use While Driving
Using a cellphone while behind the wheel is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, and also one of the most dangerous. Talking to another person, especially while holding the phone or participating in an emotionally heated conversation, can make it difficult for a driver to focus on the road and to respond quickly to a potentially hazardous situation.
Texting while driving is even more dangerous. A driver who is holding the phone with both hands has neither hand on the steering wheel. In addition, a person who is texting is looking at the phone and is not paying attention to the road at all. That means that someone who is texting is driving blind and is completely unprepared to respond to a hazard up ahead.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accidents lawyer serving Tallahassee, call 800-598-7557
How Florida’s No-Fault Law Could Affect Your Ability to Seek Compensation
Under Florida Statute Section 627.736, drivers are required to maintain personal injury protection insurance coverage. If an accident occurs, each driver is required to seek compensation through his or her PIP coverage, up to the policy’s limits, according to Florida Statute Section 627.737, even if another party was at fault.
In cases involving serious injuries, however, an individual may seek compensation for medical expenses and lost income above the level of PIP coverage available, plus a financial award for pain and suffering, by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who was liable for the collision. A Tallahassee distracted driving accident lawyer can explain how these laws could affect your case and discuss your legal options.
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How Your Actions Could Affect Your Amount of Compensation
The car accident that injured you may not have been the fault of one person. For example, the other driver may have been distracted by a cellphone, but you may have been speeding. If you were hurt in a collision that was partly caused by your own negligence, you may still be able to obtain a financial award.
The amount of money you could receive would be reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident. For example, if you were found to be 50 percent liable for the collision, the amount of compensation you would otherwise be entitled to would be reduced by 50 percent.
How a Tallahassee Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the crash. We can review the police report, statements from you and from eyewitnesses, and any video of the accident that may exist.
If we have reason to believe that the other driver was distracted by a cellphone and that led to your serious injuries, we may be able to obtain the driver’s cellphone billing records or use testimony from a person who received messages to support a personal injury case.
We can file a lawsuit against the distracted driver to seek compensation for you. Our team can attempt to reach a settlement without going to court, but that may not be possible. If necessary, we will go to trial to seek a financial award that we believe would provide you with fair compensation for what you have suffered so far and for what you will have to continue to endure because of the accident.
People who have been injured in car accidents often think that they could not afford to hire an attorney. You should not be concerned about that since Ben Crump Law, PLLC operates on contingency. If you ask us to help you seek compensation for your personal injuries, you will not have to pay us anything unless we secure a financial award for you.
Some states have a statute of limitations that restricts the amount of time victims of personal injuries have to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation. Under Florida Statute Section 95.11, you have four years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-959-1444 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.