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 claimed the lives of 3,522 Americans in 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Florida specifically, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV) 2021 Traffic Crash Facts report identifies distracted driving as a factor in 344 fatalities and thousands of injuries that year.
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
Forty-eight US states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands have banned texting while driving. In Florida, texting while driving has been outlawed since 2013, and in 2019, it moved from being a secondary offense to a primary one.
While texting-and-driving laws help minimize the risk, distracted driving continues to be a problem in Florida and throughout the US. Consider these numbers from the NHTSA and the FLHSMV:
- A total of 3,522 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in the US in 2021.
- An additional 362,415 people nationwide were injured due to collisions involving distracted drivers that year.
- Drivers aged 25 to 34 made up 22 percent of all distracted motorists in fatal vehicle accidents in the US in 2021.
- In Florida, distracted driving was a factor in 344 crash deaths, 2,731 incapacitating injuries, and 13,496 other injuries in 2021.
- In the same year, Florida authorities cited a total of 1,791 texting-while-driving violations.
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 South Florida and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm 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.
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