Tampa and Sarasota Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Motorists who don’t take their responsibility to drive safely seriously enough put all of us at increased risk, and distracted drivers continue to play far too significant a role in traffic statistics. If a driver’s dangerous distraction leaves you injured, you want a lawyer who will hold that driver fully accountable for your injuries and losses. Seek representation from an experienced Sarasota and Tampa car accident attorney at Matthews Injury Law today.
Driving while Distracted
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes that driver distraction can come in many dangerous forms, but that every act of distracted driving can be classified in one or more of the following categories:
- Distractions that involve one’s sight
- Distractions that involve one’s hands
- Distractions that involve one’s thoughts
Texting is crowned the deadliest distraction of all – based on its ability to compress all three types of distraction into one exceptionally dangerous activity. All distracted drivers should fully compensate anyone they injure.
Distracted Driving: The Statistics
With the following grim statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informs us exactly how dangerous distracted driving can be:
- In a recent year, 2,841 people lost their lives to distracted driving.
- That same year, the estimated number of people who were injured as a result of distracted driving was 400,000.
- Nearly three percent of all drivers actively engaged with their smartphones behind the wheel at some point each year.
When a driver reads or writes a text behind the wheel, he or she essentially drives blind for an average of five seconds. This translates to driving approximately the length of a football field (when traveling at highway speeds) with one’s eyes closed, and the danger inherent to such a practice is obvious. Our legal team works to seek justice for injured victims of distracted drivers and their families.
The Driver’s Duty of Care
When a driver gets behind the wheel of his or her vehicle, that driver accepts the responsibility to drive safely in relation to the rules of the road, the traffic all around, and the road’s condition. When it comes to driving safely, there are a lot of moving parts involved, and a motorist who chooses to pay attention to anything other than what is happening on the road ahead puts everyone on the road at greater risk. Motorists owe a duty of care to everyone with whom they share the roadway, and this duty includes paying strict attention to the task at hand and to eschewing all dangerous distractions.
Distractions Come in Many Forms
While texting is one of the deadliest driver distractions, distractions come in wide-ranging forms, including:
- Talking on or otherwise engaging with one’s phone
- Engaging with passengers in one’s vehicle
- Grooming one’s hair or makeup
- Reaching for something in the vehicle
- Engaging with the GPS, stereo, and/or temperature controls
You Need an Experienced Sarasota and Tampa Car Accident Attorney on Your Side
If a distracted driver causes you to be injured, the skilled car accident attorneys at Matthews Injury Law in both Sarasota and Tampa have a wealth of experience helping claims like yours prevail by obtaining just compensation that covers your damages in their entirety. Your claim is too important not to contact us online or call us at 813-530-1000 or 941-877-5800 for more information today.