Bradenton Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Distracted drivers account for a large number of accidents all across Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers killed 2,841 people across the United States in 2018. If you were hit by a distracted driver in Florida, you need a skilled Bradenton distracted driving accident lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. That can include texting and driving, talking to a passenger, flipping the radio station, eating, checking the GPS, and more. Even if you take your eyes off the road for a second, it is enough to lose focus and cause an accident. According to the NHTSA, texting can take your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. If someone is driving at 55 miles per hour, then it’s like going the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Florida Texting and Driving Law
It has been illegal to text and drive in Florida since 2013. There is a newer law that went into effect in 2019. The new law made it a primary offense to text while driving. Previously, it was a secondary offense. That means the police could give drivers a citation only if they pulled the motorist over for another reason, such as speeding. Now, officers can pull drivers over who are texting and driving.
Drivers cannot use hand-held phones in work and school zones. Drivers cannot hold the phone in their hands or up to their ears. They cannot type anything on their screens or even hold it to see the GPS. If a police officer spots you holding your phone, they can issue a citation.
What to Do if You’re Hit by a Distracted Driver?
If a distracted driver hits you in Bradenton, the at-fault driver’s insurance should cover your losses. However, pursuing a claim is not necessarily easy, which is why you want a Bradenton car accident attorney on your side. At The Cahill Law Firm, we have years of experience helping Florida clients get the compensation they deserve.
Insurance companies know as an accident victim, you don’t’ have the same legal experience they do. They will use whatever tactics to place the blame back on you so they can reduce or avoid paying out anything at all. When you let our Bradenton car accident lawyers represent you, we will ensure the insurance company doesn’t try to take advantage of you.
Are You Entitled to Compensation in an Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages, including:
- Medical expenses to date
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earning potential
- Physical pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Contact An Experienced Bradenton Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Today
Before you can receive compensation for your injuries, you need to prove liability against the distracted driver. Contact The Cahill Law Firm today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.