Distracted driving accidents continue to be some of the most common accidents in Clearwater, FL. These tragic accidents often result in injuries and wrongful death. Accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages.
Our Clearwater car accident lawyers at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. have been fighting for the rights of accident victims since 1955. Together, our personal injury attorneys have over 300 years of legal experience. Our law firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients.
How Our Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a distracted driving accident
Medical bills, lost wages, and other bills can pile up after a car accident. If a distracted driver caused your crash, you deserve to be reimbursed for your financial losses and pain and suffering.
Our award-winning Clearwater personal injury attorneys have extensive experience, resources, and skills. We are the oldest personal injury firm in Tampa Bay and have been advocating for car accident victims for over six decades.
When you hire the legal team at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A., you can expect us to:
- Meticulously investigate your car accident to gather evidence and identify all parties responsible for your damages
- Consult with our extensive network of accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and other expert witnesses
- Calculate the correct value of your damages
- File claims and handle settlement negotiations with the insurance company
- Take your case to trial if the insurance company won’t take responsibility
We understand that you and your family have been through a traumatic experience. Our legal team handles all aspects of the claims process so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Complete the case evaluation form on our website or call today to discuss your case. Our experienced Clearwater personal injury attorneys are standing by for your free consultation.
How Common Are Distracted Driving Accidents in Florida?
Distracted driving accidents killed 3,142 people in the United States during 2019. According to the FLHSMV, there were over 160,000 traffic accidents involving driver distractions in Florida that same year. Close to 3,000 of those accidents resulted in incapacitating injuries, and 266 resulted in fatalities.
Clearwater Texting While Driving Laws
Using a cell phone or other electronic device while driving is dangerous. It is one of the most common forms of distracted driving.
Florida law prohibits drivers from manually entering or typing multiple numbers, letters, or other characters into a wireless communication device. Drivers may not read or send data, including e-mails, texts, or instant messages.
Texting while driving is now a primary offense. Police officers may pull drivers over for violating the law without any other moving violation.
Drivers may continue to use a cell phone while driving to talk. However, drivers cannot use a handheld cell phone for calls in school, construction, and work zones.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents
Any activity while driving can become a deadly distraction. Driving distractions that may lead to a collision include, but are not limited to:
- Reaching for objects
- Adjusting vehicle controls
- Eating and drinking
- Grooming and changing clothes
- Taking care of children, pets, and other passengers
- Objects or activity outside of the vehicle
A distracted driving crash can occur in a split second. Removing your eyes from the road to adjust the radio or glance at a text could result in a rear-end accident or head-on collision.
Injuries and Damages Caused by Distracted Driving Accidents
The injuries and damages caused by distracted drivers depend on the circumstances of the collision. However, injuries commonly caused by distracted driving crashes include:
- Broken bones
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Wrongful death
When a distracted driver causes a car wreck, the driver can be financially responsible for the damages caused by the accident. The types of damages claimed by accident victims include financial losses (economic damages). In addition, victims may also receive compensation for their pain and suffering (non-economic damages).
Our legal team works closely with you to document the severity of your injuries and the extent of your damages. We want to obtain the largest settlement available for your personal injury claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Clearwater Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Contact us today to schedule a free case review with one of our Clearwater distracted driving accident attorneys. This meeting will give you the information you need to decide how to proceed with your accident claim. We are here for you when you need legal advice after a motor vehicle accident.