Orlando Distracted Driving Attorneys
Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon; however, it is a much more dangerous phenomenon now than it was in the past. With both more vehicles on the nation’s roadways and more opportunities for drivers to become distracted, the number of serious injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving is on the rise in the United States. If a distracted driver was wholly or partially responsible for injuries you suffered in a collision, you may be entitled to compensation. The Orlando distracted driving attorneys at Bailey Fisher have seen firsthand how a moment of distraction can permanently change lives. We are dedicated to helping distracted driving accident victims to ensure that they are fully and fairly compensated for all their injuries.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. Distracted driving can take the form of a manual, visual, or cognitive distraction. Taking your hands off the wheel to eat, use an electronic device, or apply makeup are examples of manual distractions. Taking your eyes off the road to talk to a passenger, look at a cell phone, or look at an accident on the roadway are all visual distractions, while anything that prevents you from paying attention to the task of driving qualifies as a cognitive distraction. Driver distractions have existed for as long as people have been operating vehicles. With the rapid increase in cell phone usage, however, distracted driving has become a much bigger threat to everyone on the roadways.
Distracted Driving Facts and Figures
- In 2018, distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists.
- On average, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured each day as a result of crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
- Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
- A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey found 20 percent of drivers age 18-20 said texting does not affect their driving, and nearly 30 percent of drivers ages 21-34 said texting has no impact.
Who Is Liable in a Distracted Driving Collision?
If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision that involved a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. When a collision results in injuries, the injured party must prove negligence on the part of another party in order to pursue compensation. Negligence, in turn, can be found when a duty of care existed between the parties and that duty was breached. It has long been held that a driver on a public roadway owes a duty of care to all other vehicles sharing the roadway. If a driver was distracted, and that caused or contributed to a collision, it would qualify as a breach of the duty of care.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Distracted Driving Attorneys
The distracted driving attorneys at Bailey Fisher Law are dedicated to aggressively advocating for victims who have been injured in distracted driving accidents.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision, and you believe that a distracted driver caused or contributed to the collision, you may have a valid legal claim against the driver that entitles you to compensation for the physical injuries and emotional trauma suffered as a result of the accident. Our experienced attorneys are committed to holding distracted drivers responsible and ensuring that victims are fully and fairly compensated.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando distracted driving attorneys will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.