Texting While Driving Accidents
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Every year, distracted driving causes thousands of car accidents. When drivers take their eyes off the road for any reason, they put everyone around them in danger. And though there are many forms of distracted driving, perhaps the most dangerous form of distracted driving is texting while driving because it requires a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention.
Many states, including Florida, have recognized the dangers of texting while driving and have banned the practice. Since the end of 2013, it has been illegal to text while driving in Florida. However, texting while driving is considered a secondary traffic offense, meaning drivers must first be stopped for a separate traffic violation before they can be ticketed for texting while driving.
While this is a good step toward making our roads safer, accidents caused by texting while driving continue to happen and leave innocent victims with serious sometimes fatal injuries. At the Capaz Law Firm, we handle many kinds of accidents cases, included those caused by drivers who were texting behind the wheel. If you’ve been injured in an accident and you believe the other driver was texting while driving or was otherwise driving distracted, contact the Capaz Law Firm now. We can help you pursue a claim against the negligent driver who injured you and seek compensation for your injuries.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds while texting. At 55 mph, that means a driver can travel the length of a football field without looking at the road. This puts other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in serious danger. And, according to estimates by the National Safety Council, there are at least 200,000 crashes in the U.S. each year involving drivers who are texting. The dangers of texting and driving are widely known, and it is against the law to do so in Florida. Therefore, those who cause accidents by negligently and illegally texting while driving should be held accountable.
Contact a Tampa Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in any kind of accident, including an accident caused by texting while driving, the driver may be held liable for your injuries. Contact a Tampa car accident attorney at the Capaz Law firm to discuss your case today. We will thoroughly investigate your case and seek to hold the negligent party accountable. We will also seek compensation for your injuries including the costs of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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