Car Accidents and Distracted Driving
As Miami-Dade car accident attorneys we have seen the misfortune that can result from driving in South Florida. Not only is the traffic frequently frenzied, the drivers can be aggressive, careless, reckless, and dangerously distracted. Distracted driving is among the most common causes of driver negligence. As a matter of fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that some 80 % of car accidents are the result of distracted driving. Further, as much as 68% of rear-impact collisions may be caused by inattention. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver the skilled Broward car accident attorneys at DRG Firm are here to help you.
There are many ways that people are frequently distracted when they are behind the wheel. This includes text messaging or using a cell phone, eating, putting on makeup, adjusting the radio or other controls, talking to other passengers in the car, smoking, or simply taking your eyes off the road while reaching for something. Although distracted driving is commonplace, if a driver causes an accident in this manner they should be held accountable for the resulting damage.
The increasing popularity of technology, especially cell phones, has had a dramatic effect on driver distraction. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted a study in 2009 on how cell phone use effects driving. The study concluded that dialing a cell phone increased the risk of having a crash or near-crash 2.8 times compared to non-distracted drivers in cars, and 5.9 times for those operating heavy vehicles. Simply talking or listening to a call on a cell phone amplified the risk of crash or near-crash 1.3 times in cars and 1.0 times in heavy vehicles. In contrast to a driver who is not distracted, someone reaching for an object while driving a car is 1.4 times more likely to crash or cause a near-crash in a car. Even more alarming, when driving a heavy vehicle, text messaging was shown to increase the risk of crash or near-crash by 23.2 times. Driving is a visual task and the results of this study are evidence that anything that distracts your eyes from the road should be avoided.
If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver there are a number of things you can do to increase the likelihood of a successful claim. First of all, you should contact the police and be careful not to admit fault in the crash. You should also be sure to get the contact information from the other driver as well as any witnesses to the accident. If you can, take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, the location of the collision, and any injuries you suffered. Once you have sought medical attention you should contact an experienced South Florida car accident attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, the South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at DRG Firm are happy to help you. Do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 1.888.413.8353 if you have any questions or concerns about your accident. Our dedicated staff is available to assist you 24/7, and an attorney is always close at hand to take your call.