Across America, distracted driving has become a considerable problem facing motorists. Orlando, Florida, has become a top offender in this scenario, according to recent statistics. EverDrive’s Safe Driving Report named Florida the number two state for distracted driving accidents, right behind Louisiana.
Anyone who is involved in a collision with a distracted driver has the right to seek compensated for their injuries and other damages. It’s important to obtain the help of a skilled car accident attorney who can help.
Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds like — a person behind the wheel driving while they are immersed in something else. There are a number of ways in which a driver might be abstracted on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving involves any action that takes the driver’s attention off the road.
The following actions are all considered forms of distracted driving:
Often, a combination of activities can occur, which is a potentially deadly situation when you’re behind the wheel of a car.
Florida is now currently one out of only five states that do not allow officers to pull drivers over for texting, or other absent-minded behaviors. In Orlando, an officer may only pull over a preoccupied driver if they notice other offenses, and only then can distracted driving be added as a citation. Texting is considered a secondary offense in Florida, although there is a bill sitting in the House that aims to make it a primary offense.
The exception to the rule is the distracted driving of a tractor-trailer, which is considered a primary offense in Florida. The driver may be subject to fines if caught.
Regardless of legalities, if an inattentive driver causes an accident, the driver can be considered responsible and held liable for any damages.
Anyone injured because of distracted driving has the right to seek compensation for:
Each case is different, and victims may be eligible for compensation for reasons other than the ones listed above. An experienced lawyer will investigate each and every specific case to make sure that distracted drivers are held liable for the damage they have caused.
To schedule a free initial consultation with an Orlando distracted driving accident lawyer at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us through this website or call. We provide free consultations and case reviews. Our attorneys will not charge until we win your case!
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