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Florida Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
“Distracted driving” doesn’t refer only to the use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, when one is behind the wheel. It refers to anything that takes a car driver’s eyes and attention off the road. This is a deadly trend on Florida highways and across the nation.
Distracted driving caused more than 400,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ 2010 Traffic Crash Statistics blames “driver distraction” for 1,474 injuries and seven deaths in the state in the same year. Another 542 distracted driving accidents in Florida in 2010 caused property damage only.
The car accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, believe that distracted driving is an issue in Florida that must be taken seriously. Our “Hang Up and Drive!” Facebook page is part of our ongoing effort to create widespread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to help make our roads a safer place for all.
We understand the impact that distracted driving car accidents can have on victims’ lives. We are committed to helping victims and their families obtain the compensation they need to move forward and put their lives back in order. If you’ve been injured in such a car accident in Florida, call us toll free to speak with a compassionate distracted driving accident attorney, or fill out our online contact form. We can provide a free consultation about your case.
Distracted Driving Car Accidents in Florida
Thirty-nine U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Guam have banned texting while driving. Ten states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.
But in Florida, our legislature adjourned once again in 2012 without producing a single distracted driving law. Instead, the legislature has enacted a law that stops local governments from adopting their own distracted driving ordinances.
Numbers provided by the NHTSA show that distracted driving is a problem in Florida and our nation:
- 18 percent of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
- 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010.
- 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010.
- 40 percent of all American teenagers say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.
- 11 percent of all drivers younger than 20 years old in fatal auto crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- 1,474 people in Florida were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2010, and seven more were killed.
Although using a cell phone, especially for texting, is the most serious and most prevalent form of distracted driving, it is only part of the problem. Distracted driving is any action that draws attention away from the safe operation of a vehicle. That could also mean eating, combing hair, adjusting devices such as radios and GPS units, reading, watching videos or talking to passengers.
Our Florida Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Can Help
At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we combat the injury and loss suffered by distracted driving accident victims in Florida. We believe that distracted driving is a negligent, if not reckless, act. When a distracted driver causes injury, death or property damage in a car wreck, those who have suffered harm should be made financially whole.
The distracted driving accident attorneys of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, are dedicated to helping people who have suffered serious injury or the death of a loved one in a car wreck caused by distracted driving in Florida.
Since 1975, our automobile accident lawyers have investigated the circumstances of thousands of car wrecks on behalf of clients in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. We know how to determine what happened, and we know what should happen next to promote the best interests of our clients. We are committed to achieving the proper results for our clients.
Contact Our Florida Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses. If you’ve been hurt, Philip DeBerard is on your side.
From our office in Stuart, the Florida car accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of automobile wrecks in locations throughout Florida, including Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach.
Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney. Call us today toll free or use our online contact form. You can put our Florida distracted driving accident lawyers to work on your case right away.