There are millions of people on the roads and highways in Miami every day. Even though we are taught to keep our eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel, people often forget the importance of both. They find themselves giving their attention to all manner of things when they should be focusing on where (and how) they’re driving. Any distraction while driving can easily lead to accidents – and the people involved in these accidents can end up seriously injured and affected by the injuries for the rest of their lives.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’sAtt lack of focus while driving? There is no reason why an injured party should have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. If you have been involved in such an accident, then our Miami car accident lawyer can help you prepare your case and get you the justice that you deserve when the accident was not your fault.
Distracted Driving Accident Statistics
Just how much of a problem are accidents that occur as a direct result of a driver being distracted from the road – and any objects in front of them? It’s far bigger than most people would imagine. In 2012 alone, it was estimated that about 421,000 people were killed in distraction-related accidents in the United States. We can assume that the number of people who have been injured by these accidents is even higher. If you have been in an accident because someone else was distracted while driving on the road, there’s no reason why you should feel responsible. In fact, the driver who was distracted is at fault, and you deserve compensation from the distracted driver who injured you. Our car accident attorney in Miami can tell you what to do next.
Reasons for Distractions
It’s easier than you think to get distracted as a driver on the road. There are several reasons why a driver might become distracted while they are driving. You as the victim should know that any of these reasons, alone or combined, could have caused the subsequent accident, and will affect the strength and the outcome of your case in the long run. Some of the reasons why a driver might become distracted while behind the wheel of their car include…
- Being overly tired when driving: There is very good reason why automobile associations recommend that people rest and stretch their legs, especially when on a long distance trip – being tired is one of the top reasons for distracted driving while behind the wheel, and the one that most commonly leads to serious injury and death.
- GPS devices: GPS devices are a common feature in today’s vehicles, and it’s easy to get distracted by a robotic voice that tells you to turn left instead of right – or asks you to click to recalculate. GPS devices cause drivers to take their eyes off the road – which can lead to a disastrous accident that they could have seen coming if their eyes had been where they belong: On the road.
- Radios and Movies: Radios and movies provide people with a fair amount of distraction while they are driving. While this distraction is perfectly fine for any passengers, the driver should keep their eyes and ears on the road at all times. Drivers should not fiddle with the radio controls when they should be focusing and keeping their eyes on the road.
- Passengers: Sometimes passengers in the car can be the reason for a distraction, especially if the passengers are young and restless passengers that won’t calm down. In this case, a responsible driver would pull over, rather than risk driving into what could be a serious accident that injures themselves, their families or someone else.
- Cell phones: If you take a look around the next time you’re on the highway, you’ll be amazed at just how many people are talking on their cell phones or texting, when they should be focusing on their driving. Driving while operating a phone is a rising trend in distracted driving accidents – and drivers should have the responsibility to put their phones away for the duration of their trip, or pull over if they need to make a phone call during the duration of their trip.
- Illness and Medication: There are many medications and illnesses that can directly affect a person’s focus. Medications with side effects that are dangerous for a driver are usually issued with a warning as such. A sick driver should take responsibility for their actions and stay off the road when there is a chance that they could injure someone on the road.
Have you been injured because of a distracted or negligent driver? We can help. Our experienced Miami personal injury attorney will be able to secure you the compensation that you deserve – and get you what you will need to start taking care of your medical expenses and move on with the rest of your life. You deserve compensation for your suffering if and when the accident was the fault of a negligent driver. Why should you have to pay because someone else was irresponsible on the road? We believe that those who are at fault should pay for what they have done.
Multitasking While Driving
Accidents on the road that are caused by distracted driving happen because people have convinced themselves that they can multitask and attempt to do several things at once. When you are driving, you are taught that your full attention should always be on the road at all times. This is a fact that is always true, even if you have been driving for many years in a familiar environment. The simple fact is that people are not nearly as good at multitasking as they think they are, and someone else’s mistake can easily cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, your health or your life.
Factors That Influence Distracted Driving
There are other factors that influence the amount of compensation imposed on the person responsible for the distracted driving accident and the damage that occurred as a result. In many cases, having a prior driving-related conviction such as a DUI means that the penalties incurred for a second or third drunk driving offense will be much higher on the offender. The age of the offender is also taken into account, and whether or not they are at all remorseful for their actions. Another factor that can influence the case is whether or not the driver was sober or intoxicated at the time of the accident.
We believe that you should not be forced to suffer if you are not at fault for the accident that is affecting your physical and mental health: If you have been part of an accident that occurred due to a distracted driver, you are entitled to compensation – and you deserve to start putting your life back together after the accident, whether you have incurred serious physical injury or not.
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Have you been hurt by a distracted driver in a car accident? Many times, the offender gets a reduced sentence or simply gets away scot free – because victims do not appear in court or demand the compensation they are entitled to. Sometimes, victims feel pressured into accepting a small settlement from an insurance company, which is too often the case when the driver and insurance company are both aware of the fact that they are liable for the accident. Never be satisfied with a settlement when you are entitled to more.
Our car accident attorney in Miami will be happy to consult with you and tell you whether you have a case – and if yes, we will pursue your case to get you the justice you deserve. You’re going to want a lawyer that knows what they are doing, and one with plenty of experience in dealing with cases just like yours – and, of course, winning them. Don’t feel like you have no recourse against the driver who changed your life. Act.