Distracted Driving Accidents in Florida

In the past decade or so, texting and driving has become more of an issue for the safety of people on the road. In fact, distracted drivers are six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk drivers. Additionally, distracted driving (a broader term than texting and driving) is seen more often as a result of increasing capabilities of our mobile devices. What can be frustrating for responsible drivers is no matter how safe you are on the road, you can still be injured or killed by careless drivers who aren’t keeping their phone in their pockets. When you get injured in an accident and you suspect the other driver was distracted by their phone, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit for your pain, suffering and property damage.

If you’re in St. Petersburg, Florida, and are looking for a knowledgeable attorney to help you with your personal injury case, look no further. Attorney Brian Hoag knows the details of texting and driving laws, can tell you if you have a case worth pursuing, and how to seek compensation. Before you contact Brian, you may have some basic questions about texting and driving and the danger they cause.

Is Texting & Driving Illegal in Florida?

The new Wireless Communications While Driving law, which was enacted in July of 2019, prohibits Florida drivers from using their phones in any way. Additionally, it allows law enforcement to pull vehicles over if they believe the drivers to be texting and driving. The law’s definition of distracted driving states that “a person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers or symbols into a wireless communications device to text, email, and instant messages.” What hasn’t caught on with Florida lawmakers, however, is the fact that messaging and emailing while driving is just the tip of the iceberg.

Are You Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries?

Contact Me Today

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.

A Customized Approach

Every personal injury case is different. Brian knows that a cookie cutter approach simply doesn’t work with this area of the law, so he will develop a personalized strategy that will give you the best possible outcome for your case. He has helped clients in Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Land O’ Lakes, and everywhere in between. Call today to schedule your free consultation.