More Drivers Than Ever Are Using Smartphones While Driving
Today's mobile technology has made it easier than ever to get connected, complete work, and more. From work to play, there's no question that having a mobile device can improve the quality - or at least the simplicity - of your life.
But with the numerous benefits that it provides comes risks, and a smart phone needs to be used responsibly or it could lead to major safety hazards. In particular is the increased chance of auto accidents when a driver is using their mobile device. And while the awareness of these dangers might be growing, the fact is that the number of people who still use their mobile devices while operating a vehicle is higher than ever.
A Growing Problem
How high, exactly? A recent poll conducted online by Harris Poll found that more than four out of every ten drivers admitted that they performed work related tasks via their smartphone while they were driving. In other words, at least 40% of drivers use their smartphone to work while on the go. And that number doesn't include those who may do so but don't admit it, or the large number of drivers who are using their devices for other reasons while driving.
Distracted driving is a huge risk. In 2015, more than 3,470 people were killed on the country's roads due to distracted driving alone. This includes things like:
• Talking on the phone
• Changing radio stations or songs on iPods
• Changing info on a GPS or navigation unit
• And more
In short, anything that takes your attention away from driving is considered to be distracted driving, and it's been shown to be even more dangerous than drunk driving. Most people realize the risks, but that hasn't lowered the number of people who use their phones behind the wheel every day.
What Can You Do?
But what happens when you're involved in an accident that was caused by distracted driving? In Florida, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and receive financial restitution. This compensation could help provide money to offset the cost of things like:
• Medical bills including future potential medical costs
• Lost wages and future estimated lost wages
• Property replacement costs
• Compensation for your pain and suffering
• And more
But, in order to get compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, you have to be able to show that the other party was indeed driving while distracted. Under Florida law, you can seek compensation if you can show that the other party involved in an accident aced in a way that was negligent or reckless, and that those actions were directly responsible for your injuries.
Distracted driving is a perfect example of reckless behavior, and something that can mean that you deserve compensation for your injuries. However, proving that the other driver acted in such a way isn't always easy to do. You'll have to show that they were using their mobile phone at the time of the accident.
A personal injury lawyer can help with this. Your attorney will obtain the cell phone records of the other driver and review them to show fault. It can be a difficult process, but for a good attorney it's a simple one and something that could be the key to getting you the compensation you deserve.
If you've been injured in an accident and believe it was caused by the recklessness of another, contact our law office today. Our team has decades of experience and can quickly review your case and tell you what your rights are and how we can help. IT's the first step towards the restitution you need to move on after an accident.