Distracted driving has become one of the most common causes of car accidents. Thousands of people around the country deal with the disasters created by distracted drivers.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in the Mimi area, you need immediate legal assistance. Miami distracted driving accident lawyer Prosper Shaked is dedicated to representing the injured and fighting for the compensation they deserve for their losses. To learn more about your case, call Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA today at (305) 694-2676.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Driving while distracted can be extremely dangerous for the driver, passenger(s), and other motorists on the road. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), more than 3,400 people died due to distracted driving in 2016. Keeping your eyes off the road for as little as 5 seconds – which is usually the time it takes to read a text – means traveling around 440 feet down the road at highway speeds. Being unaware of what’s happening on the road for this long can lead to a devastating crash.
Modernization and the introduction of electronic devices like GPSs, tablets, and smartphones have made distracted driving more common. To give you some perspective, the NHTSA states that almost half a million people use their cell phones while driving in the U.S every day.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2016 distracted driving was responsible for the following harms:
- 241 deaths
- 3,500 incapacitating injuries
- 11,292 non-threatening or non-incapacitating injuries
Types of Distractions that Cause Distracted Driving Car Accidents in Miami, FL
Distractions that affect driving can be divided into three different categories: visual, cognitive, and manual.
Visual distractions are anything that we see while driving that pulls our eyes off the road. Unfortunately, visual disturbances are triggered by many things surrounding the driver, including the rearview mirror. A visual distraction lasting mere seconds is all it takes for a driver to cause an accident.
Cognitive distractions are things that preoccupy the mind and stop a driver from focusing on the road. These distractions can be caused by a bad day at work, an emotional moment during the day, thinking about something important, and other preoccupying thoughts. Anything that can take away your focus and concentration while driving can become a cognitive distraction. Just like its visual counterpart, it does not take long to “space out” and forget to keep your attention on the road.
Texting While Driving and Other Manual Distractions
Manual distractions are anything that requires you to take your hand(s) off the steering wheel. The most common example of this distraction is texting. Texting requires the combination of two critical factors: using at least one hand, and taking your eyes off the road, so this is actually a manual distraction and a visual distraction. Applying makeup while driving, reaching for an item in the glove compartment, and adjusting the radio would also be manual distractions.
Florida Distracted Driving Laws
In Florida, there are no laws prohibiting drivers from using their smartphones while driving. However, texting while driving is banned under Florida law.
Florida Statute § 316.305 states that no driver may use their mobile device for things like texting, emails, or instant messaging while operating a vehicle. Despite this prohibition, many people risk their lives and the safety of those around them by disregarding the law and texting while driving. This negligent action can lead to devastating or life-threatening injuries.
Common Types of Distracted Driving Injuries
Some of the most common injuries stemming from distracted driving accidents include the following:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic brain injury is commonly caused by severe head injuries. This injury is frequently associated with car accidents and can lead to serious health issues. Head injuries usually require immediate medical assistance to assess the extent of your injury. In severe TBI cases, victims could need costly emergency surgical procedures.
The momentum and force present during a collision can cause a significant impact to the back and spine. One type of back injury is spinal cord injury. The spinal cord is the link between multiple parts of the body and the brain. A massive blow to the back can sever the spinal cord, interrupting communication with the brain and the parts of the body below the point of impact. Severe spinal cord injuries may even lead to paralysis.
The most common type of neck injury people experience after a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash is caused by a sudden back and forth motion of the head commonly seen in collisions. People suffering from whiplash can experience pain, stiffness in the neck, reduced range of motion, and more.
Miami Distracted Driving Car Accident Attorney Offering Free Consultations
If you or a family member was injured due to the negligent actions of a distracted driver, we may be able to help. You may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Miami distracted driving lawyer Prosper Shaked will fight tirelessly to hold the liable party accountable for your injuries. To set up a free consultation on your case, call our law offices today at (305) 694-2676.