Texting While Driving Accident
Experienced Legal Representation in Vero Beach, FL: The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff
Technology has changed Florida residents’ lives in spectacular ways throughout the years but has taken a dangerous toll when used on the roads. At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, our Vero Beach, FL accident attorney has represented countless victims who have suffered injuries after being involved in an accident with someone who was texting while driving.
Our attorney can help you recover from your accident by pursuing the distracted, negligent driver who caused your injuries. We work hard to eliminate the difficulty in pursuing these individuals, so you can focus on your physical recovery, while we successfully design a case to reach financial recuperation costs and damages.
Is Texting While Driving Illegal in Florida?
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, since 2014 texting while driving in the State of Florida is a secondary offense. This means drivers can be ticketed, and receive points against their license if caught texting while driving, deeming the practice illegal.
How Does Texting While Driving Affect Safe Travel?
The Federal Communications Commission understands that while the penalties to text and drive differ in every state, the consequences of doing so are always dangerous.
The FCC records and provides statistics to reflect the seriousness of distracted driving, including:
- Each day eight people are killed, and nearly 1,200 people are injured because of distractions, including texting while driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data for distracted driving, describing it as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including texting on a cellphone.
The statistics collected, include:
- An estimated 660,000 people use electronic devices each day while driving
- Cellphones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year
- Nearly 3,500 deaths occur each year from distracted driving
- Almost 400,000 are injured annually from distracted driving
- During fatal crashes, the largest group reported as distracted: Teens
- Handheld cellphone use continues to be highest among 16 to 24-year old drivers
These statistics reflect a dangerous pattern in traffic collisions. At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff our attorney knows how frequently individuals text while driving, and has successfully represented individuals who are injured because of these dangerous circumstances. We can help you overcome being a victim of these alarming statistics, too.
How Likely Are You to Be Involved in a Texting While Driving Accident?
The National Safety Council has published the results of a 2016 study that provides a sobering look at texting while driving. The dangers are real, and we can hold those who continue to operate their vehicles while texting accountable for the injuries they cause.
These published facts include:
- Motor vehicle deaths in 2016 are the highest in nine years
- Nearly 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016; a 14% increase from 2014
- 20 times: How likely texting while driving will lead to a crash, over those who are not
- Six times: How likely texting while driving is to cause an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol
- 4.6 seconds: Average amount of time a driver’s eyes are off the road when sending or receiving a text
- Three seconds: Average time a crash occurs in upon distraction
Texting while driving is a common offense, and witnessed occurring throughout all age groups, but teens appear to be the largest culprit.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recounts how dangerous teenage driving is, with last year’s statistics:
- 2,333 teens were killed in motor vehicle accidents
- 221,313 teens were treated for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents
- Six teens died every day from motor vehicle injuries
- Young people represented only 7% of the U.S. population; they accounted for 11% of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries: Over $10 Billion
How Can the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff Help?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with someone who was texting while driving, the first thing you need to know is their negligence is more than dangerous: It’s illegal. Our committed and experienced attorney can help you hold them responsible for the costs associated with your injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Inability to return to work
- Short and long-term disability
Contact Our Experienced Attorney in Vero Beach, FL Today for a Free Consultation
It is illegal to text and drive in the State of Florida, and if you have been injured in an accident with someone who was doing so, call us today at (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your injuries. Our Vero Beach, FL auto accident attorney has successfully represented scores of individuals who have been injured by another’s distracted driving, and we can help you recover fully, too. There is no reason to suffer from your injuries due to someone else’s illegal behavior. Call us today to find out how you can hold them responsible while seeking financial recovery.