Tampa and Sarasota Texting while Driving Accident Attorneys
Driving is a serious responsibility that requires one’s utmost attention from the moment you get behind the wheel to the moment you park your vehicle. Driving while distracted by anything other than the road ahead and the traffic all around is exceptionally dangerous, and texting behind the wheel is the most dangerous distraction of all.
If a driver who is texting behind the wheel leaves you or someone you love injured, you need the right experienced and results-driven Sarasota and Tampa car accident attorney on your side. Don’t wait to contact Matthews Injury Law.
Texting: The Ultimate Distraction
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that driver distraction refers to a driver who allows anything to take his or her attention away from the task of driving safely and that driver distractions can be broken down into three primary categories that include:
- Visual distractions that require motorists to take their eyes off of the road.
- Manual distractions that require motorists to take their hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive distractions that require motorists to take their thoughts off of the road and traffic ahead.
Texting is uniquely dangerous because it manages to marry all three of these categories of distraction into one life-threatening distraction. CDC points out that, when a motorist who is traveling at highway speeds of about 55 miles per hour and engages in writing or reading a text, it amounts to driving the length of a football field with one’s eyes closed, and that is an especially dangerous proposition. Texting behind the wheel has become such a safety concern that the vast majority of states - including Florida - have strict laws on the books banning the activity.
Putting Others at Risk of Injury
Every driver owes everyone else on the road a duty of care that amounts to following the rules of the road while allowing for the safe passage of others. We all know that driving conditions can change significantly in the blink of an eye, and when a motorist who is distracted by texting fails to accommodate for an abrupt change in traffic and/or the condition of the road (such as a deer on the roadway, a traffic accident, road construction, a pedestrian or bicyclist, and more), that driver is far more likely to cause or contribute to a serious accident that makes the roadway more dangerous for everyone.
Don’t Wait to Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Tampa and Sarasota Texting and Driving Accident Attorney
If you or someone you care about has been injured by a motorist who was paying attention to his or her phone rather than to driving safely, the dedicated car accident attorneys at Matthews Injury Law have the litigation experience, fortitude, and legal strategy to help.
Our formidable legal team takes your rights seriously and is committed to advocating aggressively for compensation that covers your full range of physical, financial, and emotional damages, in and out of court. We are on your side, so please don’t wait to contact us online or call 813-530-1000 or 941-877-5800 to learn more about how we can help you today.