Distracted Driver Accident Attorney in Tampa
Car Accident Lawyer Fighting for Your Recovery
Distracted driving is one of the main causes of serious and fatal
car crashes in the country, and sadly, these entirely preventable accidents claimed
3092 lives in 2010, and injured another 416,000, according to National
Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) data. Distracted driving is the
main culprit in
rear end accidents and
fender benders. Many studies have shown that distracted driving is just as dangerous as
Individuals who allow themselves to be focused on something other than
the task of operating their vehicles are guilty of distracted driving,
and could be held liable for any injuries or
deaths caused by their actions. If you are the victim of a distracted driver,
it is important to contact a
Tampa personal injury attorney so you can understand your options to pursue fair compensation through
a personal injury claim.
Shocking Distracted Driver Statistics
While on the road, drivers have a responsibility to try to prevent accidents
and harm to other motorists and passengers by following traffic laws and
staying alert. The situation on the road can change in a matter of seconds,
as a child or animal can run into the street, traffic can come to a sudden
standstill, something can fall out of the back of a vehicle, and street
lights can change. NHTSA reports that 18% of injury crashes in 2010 involved
distracted drivers, and that 11% of drivers under the age of twenty who
were involved in fatal accidents were distracted at the time of the collision.
Using a hand-held device while on the road makes a driver 4 times more
likely to be involved in a serious injury crash, and texting while driving
increases a driver's crash risk 23 times more than if they were not
distracted. Perhaps one of the most alarming facts is that while only
driving at 55 miles per hour, a driver's vehicle can cover the entire
length of a football field in just 4.6 seconds, which is the average amount
of time a person's eyes are taken from the road while sending or receiving
a text message.
Types of Driver Distraction
There are three main types of distraction that can take a driver's
focus from the road and can lead to accidents: manual, visual, and cognitive.
These accidents are preventable, and if a driver chooses to take their
full attention from the road, they can be held liable for any injuries
or damages they cause to victims.
Manual Distraction: The driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel. Manual
distraction is often caused by the following actions:
- Eating or drinking
- Answering the phone
- Reaching for something in the car
- Searching through the console or glove compartment
- Adjusting the radio
- Using a handheld device
Visual Distraction: The driver takes their eyes away from the road for a long period of time
or only a few seconds. This distraction can result from:
- Reading or writing a text message
- Looking at their phone
- Looking at a passenger
- Reading a map or GPS device
- Grooming, such as applying makeup or shaving
Cognitive Distraction: The driver's mind is not focused on the road and the task of driving.
This type of distraction often involves:
- Speaking on the phone or listening to a phone call
- Composing a text
- Having a conversation with a passenger
- Driving while tired
- Driving while emotional
- Driving while under extreme stress
Were you hurt by a distracted driver?
Our team at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law is dedicated to providing
caring and effective representation to car accident victims throughout
the Tampa area. We believe those who have sustained painful and expensive
injuries as a result of another person's negligence deserve generous
compensation and powerful legal counsel to assist them in pursuing a fair
settlement. If you or a loved one was injured by a distracted driver,
you do not have to suffer in silence; our Tampa car accident attorney
can thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your accident to determine
liability and help you fight for proper compensation.
During more than two decades of combined experience, our attorneys have
assisted countless individuals and families in personal injury cases,
and we would be proud to lead you through this sometimes complicated legal
process. We can assess the extent of your injuries and work with you to
create a comprehensive claim or lawsuit to help you seek to hold the negligent
driver responsible for the damages they inflicted upon your family.
Our detailed understanding of the law and personal injury cases will be
a great benefit to your case, and you can be confident that you will receive
nothing less than exceptional representation at every step of your proceedings.
If you would like to learn more about the ways Smith & Stallworth,
Attorneys at Law can assist you during this difficult time, please
call our offices at your earliest convenience or take advantage of our free case evaluation.