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Texting and Driving Car Accidents

young womanlooking at mobile phone while drivingTexting car accidents are more common than you’d think. Distracted driving was responsible for over 3,000 deaths in 2019. Florida banned texting while driving to try to reduce the amount of texting car accidents. However, these types of accidents are still far more common than they should be. If you were in a car accident and you believe that texting distracted driving was the cause, a car accident attorney should be one of your first calls.

About Texting Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Any time that you take your mind or eyes off of the road, you are driving while distracted. In Florida, there are laws against texting and driving but they are only secondary offenses. This means that they won’t pull someone over if they notice that they are texting, but they will add it on if they pull someone over for another offense.

Different Types of Distracted Driving

There are a variety of different types of distracted car accidents, from manual or visual distractions to cognitive distractions. Any type of distracted driving can potentially lead to a car accident, sometimes even fatal accidents. These are just some of the common examples of distracted driving:

  • Reading or answering text messages
  • Looking up anything on your phone
  • Looking at the GPS or map
  • Looking at videos on a device
  • Taking a call
  • Eating
  • Putting on makeup
  • Focusing on something stressful that isn’t your drive.

If you think that distracted driving including texting while driving was responsible for your accident, you may need help from a car accident lawyer to prove this.

Proving Liability

Establishing liability is essential when it comes to any car accident case. A car accident attorney has access to tools that can help establish liability. How is this possible? First of all, they can subpoena the phone records of the other driver. This can help determine whether or not the driver was talking or texting when the accident happened. If they can find this evidence, this can prove that texting was a contributing factor in your car accident.

Another way that an attorney can help is by accessing the car’s black box recordings. One of the features that newer cars tend to have are devices known as “black boxes”. You may be familiar with the term as associated with airplane crashes. These are used in airplane crashes to help determine the cause of the accident. Newer models of cars may also have this, which can provide valuable information as to what may have caused the car accident.

Finally, a lawyer can help prove liability by getting surveillance videos of the car accident. The attorney’s investigative team will search around to see if there were any potential videos of the car accident. These videos can often provide an excellent picture as to what happened leading up to the car accident, including any actions that the other driver may have taken that resulted in the accident.

Damages You Can Recover in Distracted Driving Cases

When you suffer from injuries in a car accident, you are actually entitled to various damages. If the other driver was responsible for the car accident because they were distracted while driving, you are entitled to collect these damages. Here are some of the damages you can collect if you were in a car accident:

  • Current and future lost wages
  • Current and future medical costs
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Transportation costs (temporary)
  • Other household costs

The lawyer has calculations that can help you to determine what a fair price for your damages is. This ensures that you get the money that you deserve for any current or anticipated costs in the future.

How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help

Accidents happen, but it’s important that you get an attorney on your side as soon as possible. This will allow them to get started on your case sooner, which means that you can get your money faster. While car accidents are often mere mistakes, these mistakes can be devastating and can significantly alter another person’s life. That’s why you need an attorney on your side, fighting for your best interests.

An attorney will offer a free consultation, which can help to first determine if you even have a case against the other driver. The goal of this free consultation is to help victims overcome any hesitation about seeing a lawyer and discussing the details of their case with them.

A lawyer is also an essential tool to have on your side because they can be the ones to handle the communications with the insurance companies. Since every insurance company has its own approach to car accidents, it can be helpful to have someone who is experienced in car accidents to handle this for you. Insurance companies are always trying to pay as little as possible, and your attorney can prevent them from their typical intimidation tactics to get out of paying what you are entitled to.

Probably one of the most important ways an attorney can help is by offering their investigation services. They can take any evidence that you have compiled on your case, including your medical records, any witness information that you may have gathered, and proof of lost wages. Then, they can start their own investigation, gathering evidence like phone records, which can be essential in improving your case for liability.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you were in a car accident caused by a texting distracted driver, you need the team at The Injury Firm to fight for you. Our team consists of leading experts who have the knowledge and experience to get you the best outcomes for your case. When you are injured in a car accident, this can be potentially devastating on both a financial and physical level. You should get the compensation that you deserve. If you want to learn more about how our team can help you, contact us today. You need a team that is fighting with your best interests at heart. We will give you the best outcomes possible for your case.

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