In 2017 Florida ranked second as the worst state for distracted drivers. According to the state department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida in 2016 with an upward trend in accidents caused by distracted drivers. In Pasco County alone there were 887 car accidents with 5 fatalities. In 2017, distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,500 serious bodily injuries and 233 fatalities. Pasco County, Florida Car Accident Attorney Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq are committed to fighting for the rights of people who have suffered from distracted driving accident injuries or those who have lost their lives in a car accident due to a distracted driver.
Distracted Drivers in Florida – Who Are They?
According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2016, drivers age 20–24 were responsible for the highest number of distracted driving crashes, followed closely by 25–29 year-olds and 15–19 year-olds. Drivers under the age of 30 accounted for more than 20,000 distracted driving crashes, of which, 13,514 were from inattentiveness or not being focused on driving. Source: flhsmv.gov.
Hire a Pasco County, Florida Car Accident Attorney Experienced in Distracted Driver Accident and Injury Claims
Distracted driving is a big problem in Florida and it doesn’t seem to be improving. Chances are, you or someone you know has either been in a car or motorcycle accident where the negligent driver was “distracted” or otherwise negligent. As seasoned personal injury attorneys serving West Central Florida, we’ve seen a variety of distracted driver cases. Hiring a car accident attorney who has the experience to investigate the causes of suspected distracted driving, negligence is crucial to ensuring that you receive maximum compensation.
Common Causes for Negligence in Distracted Driving Crashes
Texting is one of the most dangerous driver distractions since it involves visual, manual as well as cognitive distractions. According to Virginia Tech researchers, one in seven drivers admitted to texting while driving. Fourty six percent of the 16 and 17-year old’s they included in the research say they text behind the wheel. Nearly half of 18 to 24-year-olds admit to violating anti-texting laws. Distractions while driving can include a variety of actions besides texting. Even if you’ve not been in an auto accident, if you live and work in Pasco County, Florida and travel the US 19 Corridor in West Central Counties — chances are good that on any given day you will witness a driver who is multi-tasking while driving. Actions that would prove negligence in a distracted driving accident such as texting while driving, while brushing their hair or adjusting their radio while talking to their children in the back seat. Distracted driving accident injuries will occur with these common distractions.
These are some of the most common distractions that our attorneys see.
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cell phone while driving
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Adjusting radios or other audio devices
- Talking to passengers, children or other drivers
- Putting on makeup
- Brushing Hair
- Blowing Nose
- General Grooming
- Tending to children in rear seats
- Watching videos while driving
- Reading Navigation device, maps or other material
- Adjusting mirrors or other settings on vehicle
- Reaching in glove box
Representing the Injured in Distracted Driving Car Accident and Wrongful Death Cases- Pasco, Hernando and Citrus FL
It is important to hire a Florida car accident attorney who can determine the cause of distraction. If you’ve been injured or if a loved one has been killed in a car accident, hire a personal injury attorney who knows how to get you the maximum compensation. We represent the injured in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus County Florida and in Pinellas County from our offices in Pinellas Park.