While technology connects us, it can also disconnect us from the road, leading to devastating car accidents. As mobile devices have become ubiquitous, many drivers underestimate how distracting this tech can be, and this leads to devastating crashes on Miami, Homestead, Hollywood, and Florida roads.
If you’re injured by a driver who may have been distracted by their mobile device, you may have a claim. You may be able to seek financial recovery for your losses. To find out more, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation case consultation to discuss your specific situation.
The Dangers of Cell Phones and Other Mobile Devices
There are many dangers of using mobile devices on the road, even if you’re only taking “a second” to check your texts.
- Visual Distraction: Taking your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, can lead to catastrophic consequences. Checking messages or notifications diverts your attention from potential hazards.
- Cognitive Distraction: Engaging in conversations, reading texts, or even using voice commands can mentally shift your focus away from driving, impairing your reaction time.
- Manual Distraction: Typing, swiping, or navigating a mobile device requires taking your hands off the wheel, which diminishes your ability to steer and control the vehicle.
Preventing Distracted Driving
There are several ways to prevent distracted driving and keep our Florida streets safer:
- If you’re a parent or guardian, model responsible behavior by refraining from using your mobile device while driving.
- Turn off notifications or enable “Do Not Disturb” mode while driving to minimize distractions.
- Set your GPS, music, and other apps before you start driving so you’re not tempted to adjust them while on the road.
- If you must use your mobile device, find a safe place to pull over and park before doing so.
- Put your phone and other devices in the glove compartment (after setting them to airplane mode) so you’re not tempted to “take a peek.”
- Be wary of hands-free devices, which can still take your mind off driving and can still increase your risk of a collision.
When Distracted Driving Causes an Accident
Even if you’re careful about not using mobile devices behind the wheel, others may not be as cautious. If you’re injured in a car collision, you might not even know a mobile device was involved. The at-fault driver will likely not admit to wrongdoing.
For this reason, seeking advice from experienced Florida car accident attorneys is essential. Their expertise can help you navigate the complexities of the legal process, seek fair compensation, and hold negligent parties accountable.
If you’ve been injured by a driver who was negligent and using a mobile device while driving, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Seeking financial recovery can help you secure compensation to pay for medical care, lost income, car replacement or repair costs, and other expenses related to your accident. It can be important to seek compensation, if you qualify, to prevent the financial distress that can happen if you try to pay for the costs of an accident on your own.
If you’ve been injured and you’d like to speak to a family law firm with more than 60 years of combined experience, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation case consultation. We have already recovered over $100 million for clients and our offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood are here to help you with the next steps of your healing journey.