Distracted Driving Accidents
Cell phones (and now smartphones) have become very popular in our society; and, while they offer convenience and other benefits, they can also be dangerous if they are not used responsibly. In particular, using a cell phone while driving presents significant risks; and, over the past several years, cell phone use has become a leading cause of auto accidents in the United States.
While the risks of distracted driving are well known, our The Villages distracted driving accident lawyer is well aware of the fact that far too many drivers still make the poor decision to use their cell phones behind the wheel. Drivers continue to give into other distractions as well. As a result, distracted driving accidents continue to occur every day, and they present a very real concern for residents of The Villages and other communities throughout Florida.When Does a Distraction Increase a Driver’s Risk of Causing an Accident?
When it comes to distractions, it does not take much to significantly increase a driver’s risk of causing an auto accident. For example, in the time it takes to read an average text message, a vehicle traveling at highway speeds will traverse the length of an entire football stadium. A lot can happen in these few seconds, and many distractions take drivers’ eyes and minds off of the road for far longer.
As a result, any distraction has the potential to be dangerous. This includes, but is not limited to, distractions such as:
- Talking on the phone (hands-free or handheld)
- Sending and reading text messages
- Sending and reading emails
- Scrolling and posting on social media
- Entering and following GPS directions
- Adjusting the radio or setting a playlist
- Reading or watching a video
- Talking to passengers
- Eating, drinking or smoking
- Reaching for an object in the vehicle
How prevalent is distracted driving? According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to one in six injury-involved auto accidents is the result of distracted driving. Each day, there are more than 1,000 distracted driving accidents in the U.S., and nine people lose their lives daily because someone else chose not to pay attention to the road.How Can You Prove the Other Driver was Distracted?
In order to recover financial compensation after a distracted driving accident, it is necessary to prove that the driver who hit you or your loved one was distracted. While this might sound challenging (and it can be in some cases), there are numerous potential ways to prove that a driver was not paying attention at the time of a collision. For example, some of the types of evidence that can be used to prove that a driver was distracted include:
- Cell phone records
- Police records
- Passenger or eye witness testimony
- Photographs from the scene of the accident
- Video footage of the accident
- Social media posts about the accident
- The driver’s own admissions
If you need to seek financial compensation for losses you have incurred (and will continue to incur in the future) as the result of a distracted driving accident, we encourage you to contact us promptly. To speak with a The Villages distracted driving accident attorney in confidence, call 352-369-5334 or request a free consultation online today.