Few people in the US are very far away from their phones at any given moment and, unfortunately, this trend carries over when many motorists get behind the wheel of a car. According to the Crash Facts published by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were more than 150,000 total crashes linked to distracted driving in 2018. More than 34,000 victims suffered injuries and 34 people lost their lives in these incidents, which were entirely preventable had the responsible motorist simply focused on the road.
Our attorneys at Sholtes Law, PLLC know that your life can be turned around by a distracted driving accident, which is why we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional legal services to victims throughout the claims process. Please contact our office right away to learn how we can help with your case. We can set up a free consultation with a distracted driving lawyer who will provide the details, but an overview of the relevant laws may be useful.
How Distracted Driving Claims Work
Most car accidents are based upon the legal concept of negligence, and distracted driving crashes are no different. In general, you must prove that the other motorist breached the legal duty to drive safely, and this misconduct was the direct cause of the collision. The key in a distracted driving accident is how the non-driving activity interferes with the motorist’s manual, visual, and cognitive capabilities. When a cell phone is the source of the distraction, the activity may be:
- Sending or receiving a text;
- Talking on the phone;
- Reviewing or sending an email message;
- Capturing images or video with a phone camera;
- Surfing the internet;
- Posting to social media; and,
- Many other dangerous acts.
Note that there are other forms of distracted driving that don’t get as much attention as cell phone use, but are just as dangerous. Examples include eating, drinking, grooming, applying makeup, interacting with a GPS, and adjusting the radio.
What to do if You’re Hurt in a Distracted Driving Crash
You may be entitled to compensation as the victim of a distracted driving accident, and our lawyers at Sholtes Law, PLLC will advocate on your behalf throughout the process. However, there are some things you should do after the collision:
- Seek medical attention right away, as proper care supports your health and your claim;
- Take pictures of the scene and your vehicle;
- Get contact information from potential witnesses;
- Never admit fault; and,
- Don’t make any statements to the other driver’s insurance company.
Speak to a St. Lucie Distracted Driving Lawyer for Free
While your rights may seem clear as the victim of a distracted driving collision, there are legal rules and subtleties that can have a drastic impact on your claim. Our team at Sholtes Law, PLLC is prepared to handle the challenges, enabling you to focus on recovering from your injuries. Please call 855-534-2509 or check out our website to schedule a no-cost case evaluation today. We’re happy to describe our legal services for accident victims throughout St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Martin Counties.