Did you know that distracted driving accounts for almost one-third of all car accidents? Much of this distraction is caused by cell phones. According to recent studies, people trying to text or talk on their phones — even when using hands-free devices — are as impaired as drunk drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida leads the nation in distracted driving. Even worse, distracted drivers hurt and kill more people than drunk drivers.
If you suffered injury in a distracted driving accident, contact The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. at (904) 479-1472. We can help you file a claim and obtain the compensation you deserve.
What Counts as Distracted Driving?
Anything that pulls a driver’s attention away from the road. For example, while walking for exercise, author Stephen King was struck and almost killed by a man who looked back to discipline his dogs, who were riding in the back seat of his SUV. However, most distracted drivers are trying to text on their cell phones when accidents occur. That’s why texting while driving was banned in Florida in 2015. Those who get caught receive a police citation, making it a minor violation.
But if you’ve sustained injuries because of a texting driver, there’s nothing minor about it. You can file a civil claim against them to compensate for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. The state’s texting ban clearly states that a driver is responsible for all of his or her actions behind the wheel.
Other common driving distractions that cause car accidents include:
- Putting on makeup.
- Changing the radio station.
- Fiddling with the AC or heater.
- Drinking or eating.
- Looking at the scenery instead paying attention of the road.
- Trying to discipline children.
- Watching or listening to DVDs.
- Listening to audiobooks.
- Making or receiving phone calls.
- Unruly passengers.
Any of these or other factors can contribute to one of the nearly half a million car accidents caused by distracted drivers every single year in the U.S.
Were You a Victim of a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you know or believe a distracted driver has injured you, call a car accident attorney at The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. at (904) 479-1472. We can help you obtain the most compensation allowed by law. We are tough advocates for our clients, and we know how to get the results that will help make you legally whole.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Distracted driver accidents are 100% preventable, so any driver who allows him- or herself to get distracted deserves to pay for their negligence — especially if they were texting while driving. That’s willful, reckless negligence. They knew exactly what they were doing and how dangerous it was.
Don’t let justice pass you by. If you live in or near Jacksonville, Florida, we can help.
What Can I File a Lawsuit For?
You may be able to sue for lost future income if the accident impaired your ability to work. For example, if your job depends on walking, standing, and physical mobility, and the accident broke a femur in your thigh and/or punctured a lung, you may never be able to get around as well as you used to. This will obviously limit the kind of work you can do.
What You Need to File a Claim
We’ll conduct our own investigation, consulting:
- Police reports, to see whom law enforcement assigned blame to, and if there were contributing factors like road conditions or weather.
- Witnesses, including their passengers and yours.
- The driver’s phone records, to see if they were on the phone at the time of the accident.
We may also need to hire an accident expert, to prove there were no other contributing causes or factors.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today
Call The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. at (904) 479-1472 if you’ve suffered in an accident with a distracted driver. We can help you evaluate your case to see if you have a claim.