Distracted driving has become a serious issue in the United States, not least of all because of the popularity and accessibility of personal electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets. While these may be the newest form of driver distraction, distracted drivers have been injuring others and themselves since the advent of the automobile. In many cases, Florida law allows people who are injured by distracted drivers to recover for their injuries and other losses by filing a personal injury claim. Below are some answers to questions we frequently hear regarding distracted driving and litigation arising from distracted driving car accidents.
How many people are injured by distracted drivers each year?
While it is impossible to know exactly how many accidents and injuries are caused by distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that some 424,000 people were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2013. This figure represents an increase from the previous year, in which only 421,000 people were estimated to have been injured by distracted drivers.
Are there different kinds of driver distractions?
Yes. According to NHTSA, there are three broad categories of driver distraction. These are as follows:
- Cognitive distractions – These distractions occur when a driver thinks of something other than the task of driving.
- Manual distractions – Manual distractions are any type of activity that requires that driver remove his or her hands from the wheel of the vehicle that he or she is driving.
- Visual distractions – Visual distractions occur whenever a driver looks at something other than the road ahead.
Some particularly dangerous distractions combine two or even all three of these kinds of distractions. For example, sending a text message requires that a driver think about the text being written, use his or her hands to manipulate the device, and look at the device’s screen to enter the input. It is not surprising, then, that texting is among the most dangerous kinds of driver distractions that exists today.
What are some common examples of driver distraction?
Driver distractions can take a number of forms, but some of the most common include the following:
Can I recover compensation after an accident caused by a distracted driver?
In many cases, the answer to this question will be “yes.” Like other cases involving personal injury, an injured party must be able to show that his or her accident was caused by someone else’s legal negligence. In almost every conceivable case, distracted driving will constitute negligence, so it is simply a matter of finding evidence of distraction in order to recover compensation.
Contact a Boca Raton personal injury attorney to schedule a free case evaluation
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident should discuss their situation with an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Lavalle Brown & Ronan today at 855-BOCALAW.