No Risk Phone Call • No Recovery, No Fee

free case evaluation

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys
for Ft. Lauderdale, Miami & Florida Keys

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Dec 19, 2017 | By , on Personal Injury.

Distracted driving causes around one in 10 fatal car accidents and almost 20 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in which injuries occur. It’s difficult for police and accident experts to estimate exactly how many crashes are caused by distracted driving because motorists often don’t admit they weren’t paying attention.

Distracted driving is such a common cause of collisions because it is so dangerous and many people underestimate how risky it is to drive while distracted.  Drivers who make the choice to lose their focus behind the wheel and who cause harm to others because of that choice should be held accountable for the damage they cause to occur. A Miami accident attorney can help victims and their families to pursue legal action for compensation against those who caused a distracted driving crash to occur.

Understanding the Risks of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving occurs any time a driver takes his mind off driving, his hands off the wheel, or his eyes off the road, according to AAA.  This can occur when a driver looks at his phone, sends a text, eats while driving, changes the radio, talks to passengers, or engages in any activity other than focusing on the road.

Unfortunately, if a driver takes his eyes off the road for just two seconds, this can double the risk of an accident.  Drivers who sent texts actually take their eyes off the road for much longer than just two seconds. The average driver who sends a text takes his or her eyes off the road for long enough to drive the full length of a football field.

A driver who isn’t looking at the road, even briefly, may not see a car stop in front, a pedestrian walks onto the road, or a driver turn into an intersection. Whenever a driver isn’t looking at the road, the driver isn’t able to react to his surroundings and can thus cause an accident to occur.

Drivers who are distracted can also suffer from inattention blindness, which can occur even if a driver is using a hands-free phone.  If a driver is thinking about a phone call or about anything else that is distracting him, the driver may see things but the brain won’t process them so it is as if the driver didn’t actually see them at all. The brain is not good at multi-tasking, and research has shown that even driver’s using hands-free devices face a significantly increased collision risk.

Driving while distracted not only prevents drivers from seeing what is going on around them, but it can also affect driving performance and can cause motorists to be slower to react to stimuli. If drivers are paying attention to anything other than the wheel, they become a danger to themselves and others because they cannot respond quickly to adjust to what other cars around them are doing.  This makes it more likely they’ll strike other motorists or pedestrians, causing an accident and perhaps serious injury.

A Miami accident attorney can provide help to anyone who has been involved in a distracted driving crash.  An experienced attorney at our firm can help you to determine if you can recover compensation from a distracted driver and can help you to pursue a case to get both economic and non-financial loss covered.

Toll-Free 1-888-238-5637 Florida 305-779-5693

No Risk Phone Call | Free Case Evaluation | No Recovery, No Fee

Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation

Call a Miami personal injury lawyer at our office today to discuss your unique situation. There is no risk in calling our law firm. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Brais Law Firm Brais Law Firm Logo

Miami Office

(Main Office)
Dadeland Towers
9300 S. Dadeland Blvd. Suite #103
Miami, FL 33156
Toll Free: 888-238-5637
Phone: 305-779-5693
Fax: 305-416-2902

Brais Law Firm Brais Law Firm Logo

Boston Office

(Satellite Office By Appointment Only)
8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Toll Free: 888-238-5637
Phone: 617-455-4741
Fax: 305-416-2902

Brais Law Firm Brais Law Firm Logo

Houston Office

(Satellite Office By Appointment Only)
1200 Smith St. 16th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Toll Free: 888-238-5637
Phone: 832-303-7045
Fax: 305-416-2902

*Specific details regarding previous verdicts and settlement results are not indications of the results of future cases and settlements, nor should they be held to be guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the result of representation by our firm. Furthermore, any message regarding the result of a specific case is not a promise of similar results in future cases, but rather represents the outcome of the specific legal and factual basis from which it arises.

Free Consultation

1-888-238-5637 | 305-779-5693
No Risk Phone Call • No Recovery, No Fee