A recent study revealed that Florida drivers rank second in the nation for distracted driving. According to a representative for the company that collected the data, fatalities have increased due to phone use. Each day in the United States, 1,161 victims are injured and others are killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, a representative also noted a link between prohibitions of phone use while driving and safer driving.
Distracted driving includes a variety of activities that remove the driver's focus from the roadway. Distracted driving can include any activity that distracts the driver's attention, including physical, visual and mental distractions.
The circumstances surrounding car accidents can be complex and the period of time following a car accident can be difficult for victims. There are a variety of parties involved in motor vehicle accident situations and insurance companies are one party commonly involved in the process. Because these interactions can be challenging for victims while adjusting to life following an unexpected car accident, it is important for them to understand their legal rights and the options available to them.
When accidents and injuries take place, victims and family members can be left picking up the pieces associated with physical, financial and emotional harm. It is important for them to be aware of the resources available to them and know where they can turn when they have been negligently harmed. Many individuals may have heard of personal injury lawsuits but wonder what specifically the term refers to.
While a number of states have penalties associated with distracted driving, Florida does not yet have any. There has been some concern that there is not enough political will to change the laws. One local news agency recently accepted a challenge from lawmakers who wanted to see more objective evidence that distracted driving laws actually improve traffic safety.
Car accidents, motorcycle accidents and auto-pedestrian accidents can all result in catastrophic injuries. Car accidents can result in physical and mental harm such as disfiguring injuries, chronic pain and disability. Catastrophic injuries resulting from car accidents can have a lifelong impact on victims and threaten their quality of life and ability to earn a living.
Although you may think that you will never be in a car accident because you drive responsibly and obey the rules of the road, you have no control over the behavior of other drivers. Whenever you are in a vehicle - either as a driver or as a passenger - you are at risk of being involved in a crash caused by another driver who is intoxicated, distracted, speeding or inexperienced.
There are many costs associated with car accidents, including the highest cost, which is human life; however, the loss of productivity and the costs associated with medical treatment are significant for surviving victims as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that during 2010, car accidents resulted in $1 trillion in loss of productivity and loss of life which, of course, has an impact on communities and society as a whole. In 2013, there were over 5.5 million car accidents reported to police, and that same year, over 1.5 million resulted in injuries to victims.
It is important when a car, truck, motorcycle or other type of accident occurs to determine who is responsible for the accident because the party at fault may be liable to victims for the damages they suffered as a result of the careless, or negligent, behavior of the party responsible for the accident. It is important to understand how to develop evidence of fault to demonstrate liability when legal claims are made and insurance companies may be involved.
It is important when a car, truck, motorcycle or other type of accident occurs, to determine who is responsible for the accident because the party at fault may be liable to victims for the damages they suffered as a result of the careless, or negligent, behavior of the party responsible for the accident. It is important to understand how to develop evidence of fault to demonstrate liability when legal claims are made and insurance companies may be involved.