Fort Lauderdale Distracted Driver Attorneys Obtain Justice When Negligence Causes an Accident
Holding drivers in Miami-Dade and throughout South Florida accountable for their inexcusable behavior
In 2014, more than 3,000 people were killed and 431,000 were injured because someone was driving while distracted. Ten percent of all deaths involving teenage drivers, ages 15-19, were because a driver was distracted. There is simply no excuse for driving while distracted. Driving isn’t hard. You get in the car, keep both hands on the wheel, keep your eyes and ears on the traffic around you, and keep your mind on your driving. Drivers who fail to follow these clear rules of driving deserve to be held responsible when distractions result in serious injuries or cause a loved one to die.
Sadly, the statistics for distracted driving are only getting worse as the ways of communicating through technology increase. Yeboah Law Group, P.A. understands how tragic the consequences of distracted driving can be. Drivers who lose control of their vehicle for even an instant cause crashes that kill and injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord damage, paralysis, nerve damage, internal bleeding, and a range of medical problems. Our Fort Lauderdale distracted driving lawyers understand that many victims who survive never fully recover. Families of deceased victims deserve strong advocacy, which is why we pursue wrongful death lawsuits on their behalf.
Types of distracted driving
Any distraction can cause a driver to lose control of his/her vehicle. Cars traveling at 60 mph are speeding at 88 feet per second. This means in just one second, a distracted driver can easily rear-end another vehicle, swerve into oncoming traffic, run through a red light, flip over, or collide with other vehicles. Determining how the distraction occurred requires a full investigation of the surviving witnesses, an inspection of the car and any physical devices such as smartphones, and working with the police who are called to the scene. In some cases, we work with traffic reconstruction experts.
Some of the known types of driver distraction causes we pursue are:
- Using a cellphone or smartphone
- Personal grooming
- Adjusting the radio station
- Using a GPS
- Talking to passengers
- Watching a video
Texting while driving is by far the most dangerous type of distracted driving because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive skills, which means the loss of the three most necessary functions for driving. Texting while driving is specifically prohibited by Florida law.
When police officers fill out their crash reports, their form specifically has a way to note:
- Distraction by communication device, such as a smartphone
- Distraction by other electronic device, such as navigation system or CD player
- Distraction inside the vehicle
- Distraction caused by something outside the vehicle
- Distraction by other reason
Our Miami-Dade distracted driver attorneys bring claims for negligence against the driver. In some cases, such as texting while driving, we also demand punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer.
Contact our experienced South Florida distracted driver lawyers today
If you were injured or a loved one was killed because a driver was distracted for any reason, Yeboah Law Group is ready to help you get justice. We have been trying cases to verdict and negotiating just settlements for more than 20 years. We work with you, your medical team, and relevant experts to prepare your case for trial. For answers to your questions, immediate help, and a strong lawyer on your side, please call 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
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