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Distracted Driver Accidents in Melbourne, FL

Melbourne Car Accident Attorney

One of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida is distracted driving. Distracted driving occurs when a driver allows their concentration to be taken off of the task of safely operating their vehicle for a moment or a long period of time. Although distracted driving accidents are completely preventable, over 3,000 people were killed in these accidents in 2010, and another 416,000 people injured in that single year. According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2010, nearly 1 out of every 5 car accidents were caused by distracted driving
  • Drivers using hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to be involved in serious injury crashes
  • 11% of fatal accidents involving drivers under the age of 20 were in some way caused by driver distraction
  • 40% of teenagers report to having been in a car while the driver used a cell phone in way that put others in danger
  • Drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers who are not distracted
  • Using a cell phone while driving reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%
  • Writing or reading a text message, on average, takes a driver's eyes away from the road for 4.6 seconds. If the driver is texting while traveling only 55 mph, during this amount of time they will drive the entire length of a football field, doing so virtually blind.

If you have been injured because of the negligent actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses and suffering. Layman Law Firm is dedicated to providing the guidance and advocacy needed to help victims obtain fair financial settlements for their medical expenses and property damage. Our Melbourne personal injury lawyer can assess the circumstances of your case to determine if you have grounds to seek compensation from the distracted driver who caused your accident.

Types of Driver Distraction

Distracted driving is far more serious than many people realize, and in some ways is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving. A distracted driver is similar to a drunk driver because their mind is not focused on safely operating their vehicle, one of both of their hands may be off the steering wheel, and their eyes may not be focused on the road. Driving distracted for even a few moments can end in disaster, as the driver may fail to notice that traffic has stopped, a child or animal has run into their path, another car has merged into their lane, or that a traffic signal has changed.

There are three main ways in which drivers can be distracted from safely operating their vehicles: cognitive distraction, visual distraction, and manual distraction.

Cognitive Distraction
A cognitive distraction occurs when the driver's mind is completely or partially unfocused on driving. Even if the driver's hands are on the steering wheel and their eyes are looking at the road, their concentration and ability to operate their vehicle safely can still be impaired by the following cognitive distractions:

  • Exhaustion
  • Driving while under extreme duress
  • Driving while emotional
  • Conversing with passengers
  • Having a conversation over the phone
  • Composing a text message

Visual Distraction
A visual distraction occurs when the driver's eyes are not on the road. A driver can be visually distracted for a few seconds or a long period of time while doing such things as:

  • Reading or composing a text message
  • Looking at their cell phone
  • Turning to look at passengers
  • Reading a GPS device or map
  • Applying makeup, shaving, or grooming in some way
  • Looking at something in the distance or on the side of the road

Manual Distraction
A manual distraction involves a driver removing one or both hands from the steering wheel for any length of time while they are driving. Common manual distractions include a driver:

  • Writing a text message
  • Eating or drinking
  • Using their cell phone in some way
  • Answering a phone call
  • Using a GPS device or map
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Reaching for an item in another part of the vehicle
  • Searching for something in the glove box or console
  • Grooming in some way, including shaving or applying makeup

Distracted Driving Victims

In only a few moments' time conditions on the road can change drastically, and a driver who fails to devote their full attention to safely operating their vehicle will not be prepared for a sudden stop in traffic, a child wandering into their path, and animal running into the road, or another car merging into their lane. Drivers have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions to avoid collisions and resulting injuries to other motorists, passengers, and the public. If they fail to do so and allow themselves to be distracted, these drivers could be held liable for any harm that results.

Distracted driving accidents often have serious impacts upon the victims, who are left to contend with mountains of medical bills, long recovery periods, missed wages, property damage, and daily pain and suffering. If you were injured because of the careless or reckless actions of a distracted driver, you may have grounds to hold the responsible party liable for the harm you sustained. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can assess your case to determine the options available in your unique situation.

Hurt by a distracted driver in Melbourne?

Layman Law Firm is dedicated to helping victims in the Melbourne community pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives after being injured by the negligent actions of others. Our team has extensive experience in representing clients who have been harmed in auto accidents, and we can assist you and your loved ones during this difficult time. An attorney from our firm can investigate the circumstances that led to the accident and the injuries you sustained to prepare a comprehensive claim. We can advocate on your behalf and protect your rights while seeking maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

Filing a claim or lawsuit against a negligent driver can be confusing and time-consuming, but with the assistance of a skilled lawyer you can be confident that your case will be handled effectively and that your questions and concerns will be addressed. We understand that you are overwhelmed during this time, which is why our firm provides every client with the caring and attentive representation they need. If you have suffered because of the careless or reckless actions of a distracted driver, you do not have to handle this burden alone; contact a Melbourne car accident attorney from our offices to enlist the proven legal counsel you deserve!

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