Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Miami and across Florida. It’s also unfortunately difficult to address because it’s often invisible.
At Flaxman Law Group, we’ve worked with many Miami car accident survivors who have faced serious pain and suffering after a car crash. Often, it is only a through investigation that reveals that distraction was a cause or contributing factor.
You deserve to know whether your car accident was caused by someone’s negligence and distraction. If it was, you may be eligible for compensation that can help you replace lost wages and help pay for medical bills and car repairs.
To find out whether you have a claim, call Flaxman Law Group 24/7 at 866-352-9626 to schedule a free consultation with a Miami car accident attorney.
Understanding Distracted Driving in Florida
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes, hands, or mind away from driving. For example, it can include:
- Using a smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting the radio or any other component of the car
- Talking to passengers
- Trying to reach for or control pets in the car
- Reading or writing
These activities are usually harmless, but they can have serious consequences when you try to juggle these activities with driving. When you are distracted, you are less aware of your surroundings, your reaction time is slower, and you’re more likely to make mistakes. You could put yourself and others at risk of injury or death.
The good news is that distracted driving is preventable. Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid distractions and stay focused on the road:
- Before you turn on the car, put your phone on silent mode or turn it off. If you need to use the phone, pull over to a safe location first.
- Plan your route ahead of time and set up your navigation system before you leave. If you need to change your destination, pull over or ask a passenger to help.
- If you are hungry or thirsty, stop at a rest area or a drive-through. Eat in the parking lot or restaurant rather than driving and eating.
- Set your radio or music player to your preferred station or playlist before you start driving. Avoid changing it while you are driving.
- If passengers are distracting you, ask them to be quiet. If you have children or pets in the back seat, use a child safety seat or a pet carrier.
- Do not multitask while driving. Wait until you reach your destination or pull over if you need to do anything besides driving.
What To Do If You’ve Been in a Car Collision in Miami
At Flaxman Paw Group, we’ve seen the devastating effects of distracted driving on our clients and their families. We know how hard it can be to recover from an injury or loss caused by someone else’s negligence.
For many survivors of car collisions in Miami, getting answers about what happened is difficult. Under Florida law, you may have a claim and be able to seek compensation if a driver’s negligence caused your accident and injuries.
Distracted driving is clearly preventable negligence, but how can you prove it? At-fault drivers are unlikely to admit they were applying makeup or checking on their dog when they caused a crash.
The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group work closely with investigators to leave no stone unturned. We seek out witnesses, subpoena phone records, and leave no stone unturned in seeking answers and compensation for you.
We help you seek the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have been injured in a car accident, please contact Flaxman Law Group 24/7 at 866-352-9626 to schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney in Miami.