Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
Attorneys In Jacksonville Advocating For Clients Injured By Distracted Drivers
Holding Inattentive Drivers Accountable For Your Injuries
An ever-increasing problem in Florida and other states is the number of people who multitask when they’re behind the wheel of a car. Rather than concentrating solely on the most important task at hand—arriving safely at their destination—many people choose to talk on cell phones, text, eat, or engage in other behaviors that constitute what is known as distracted driving. And it’s now widely considered as dangerous as driving while impaired or under the influence: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly a quarter of all car crashes are caused by people talking on a cell phone. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, you have the right to seek damages under Florida law to compensate you for medical costs, lost income, and property damage.
Our personal injury attorneys at Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., understand that although talking on a cell phone while driving is still perfectly legal in Florida, it’s far from being perfectly safe. Distracted drivers are one of the main causes of accidents in the state. Someone’s choice to do something other than pay attention to the road carries consequences. If you or a family member suffers as a result, our experienced legal team works swiftly and thoroughly to maximize your compensation while holding the negligent party accountable, to the fullest extent of the law.
Talking, Texting And Other Causes Of Distracted Driving
The Florida Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as “any mental or physical activity that takes the driver’s focus off the task of driving.” State law enforcement officers are allowed to report drivers involved in crashes for being distracted by:
- Electronic communication devices, such as cell phones used to text or talk
- Other electronic devices including GPS, other navigation devices, and DVD players
- Other distractions inside the vehicle
- External distractions (outside the vehicle)
- General inattentiveness, which includes anything else that takes a driver’s focus off the road
Texting while driving, long considered a dangerous activity, became a citable offense in Florida only last October, although it is still considered a secondary offense. If, however, a person texting causes an accident in which you are injured, our tireless legal team with Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., will leave no stone unturned in uncovering evidence of negligence, compiling all relevant data, employing experts in key fields, and fighting for your maximum recovery. Skilled negotiators and fearless litigators, we pursue whichever course is in your best interests so you can move on with your life and continue to take care of your family.
Contact us for help when a distracted driver has left you injured in an accident
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys with Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., can help you hold the responsible person or persons accountable. We are skilled in obtaining the compensation you and your family need to move forward. Contact us online or call our office today at 904-353-5800 for a free consultation with a member of our firm. We work on contingency, meaning there are no fees unless we succeed.*
- In some cases, clients will be asked to pay the costs associated with providing services. These costs, which will be fully explained, never include fees for a lawyer’s time.