Otherwise Distracted Driving
A survey conducted by DriversEd.com found that 18% of drivers surveyed check social media apps, 8% watch YouTube, and 4% watch Netflix while driving. The difference between messaging and other distractions (social media scrolling and video streaming) is the legality of it all. It is illegal to text and drive, however it is NOT illegal to watch Netflix and drive simply because a law hasn’t been put into place that prohibits drivers from doing so. If you have been in a Florida car accident, Attorney Brian Hoag will do everything he can to investigate what the defendant was doing at the time of the event and use it in your favor.
What Populations Are Driving Distracted?
For teenagers over the age of 14, nearly 40% of them admitted to texting and driving in the past month. Studies have found that although today’s teens have never known a world without texting, they find it “inconvenient” to follow rules regarding texting and driving. When it comes to social media, 37% of parents use phone apps behind the wheel, while that number for teenagers is only 1 percentage point higher at 38%. It is safe to assume that the segment of the population of those who are driving distracted has no limitation regarding age.
How Big Will My Settlement Be?
In short, it depends on your situation. If it can be proven that the other person was texting and driving at the time of the crash, the driver failed to uphold their duty of care, or obligation, to avoid endangering the lives of others. When they break that duty of care, they are negligent, which means they are legally liable to pay for the damage they caused.
Many variables take part in how much money you can be paid, including the severity of your injuries, if you qualify for loss of wages, or how badly your car was damaged. Because of the diverse range of variables that go into a settlement, you will need a personal injury attorney that has years of experience working with cases like yours. Put experience, empathy, and passion on your side and call Attorney Brian Hoag today to schedule your free consultation.