Distracted Driving and Texting Accidents
Distracted driving, including texting and driving, presents a serious danger on Florida’s roadways. According to a 2016 report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, distracted driving, which can include texting on a cell phone, was involved in more than 240 fatal car crashes in the state. Regardless of whether you are traveling throughout South Florida on I-95 or driving on a local street in West Palm Beach, you are at risk for being injured, or even killed, in a car crash caused by a motorist who is texting or engaging in other careless behaviors.
At Hollander Law Firm we understand just how traumatic it can be when someone is injured or killed by a reckless or irresponsible driver. For over two decades, our personal injury law firm has been helping car accident victims in West Palm Beach and throughout the South Florida region pursue maximum compensation for their injuries and damages. We know that distracted drivers are to blame for injuring and killing thousands of people every year, and we are committed to making sure that victims and their families get fair compensation when these senseless and preventable accidents occur.Causes of Distracted Driving
There is no doubt that distracted driving is a serious problem in Florida and throughout the nation. While distracted driving includes any activity that diverts a motorist’s attention away from the road, some of the most common behaviors include:
- Talking with other passengers
- Programming a navigation system while driving
- Fiddling with the climate controls, radio or entertainment system in a car
- Eating or drinking in the car
- Reaching for or searching through a purse or bag
- Applying makeup
- Adjusting a child’s car seat or seat belt
- Rubbernecking or looking at something outside of the car
- Texting or talking on a cell phone
Far too many drivers believe that they can safely “multitask” while operating a motor vehicle. The reality is that any behavior that takes a driver’s eyes and mind off the road is dangerous and can lead to a deadly accident.Texting and Driving in Florida
Texting while driving is certainly one of the most common causes of distracted driving. While many states have taken serious steps to crack down on texting and driving, the current law in Florida only makes texting by a noncommercial driver a secondary offense. This means that the police must pull a driver over for another violation such as speeding before they can cite a driver for texting. However, if a person is injured or killed in car accident, a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against the driver in civil court.Distracted Driving and Texting Accident Attorney Helping Victims Get the Compensation They Deserve
The statistics on distracted driving crashes and texting accidents are startling. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed by driver who was texting on a cell phone or engaging in any other type of dangerous behavior, you deserve to receive fair compensation for your losses and injuries. Hollander Law Firm is a well-established personal injury firm committed to helping distracted driving victims throughout South Florida. Contact us today at to speak with an experienced West Palm Beach auto accident attorney at our firm.