Driving while distracted threatens the lives of not only the distracted driver but other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone who shares the Florida roadways.
If you suffered a severe injury because of someone’s distracted driving, you might have a valid legal claim for compensation. A Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer at our firm can help you pursue a settlement to cover all your damages.
Why Distracted Driving Causes Severe Injuries
A distracted driver’s attention is divided between the road or whatever is distracting them. In some cases, their attention is fully on the distraction.
So when a distracted driver encounters danger, they may fail to react by hitting the brakes or swerving to avoid another vehicle. They may strike other vehicles at full speed, which can worsen injury severity. In many cases, injuries that result from distracted driving are life-threatening or result in permanent disability.
Some possible types of injuries caused by distracted drivers include:
- Cuts, bruises, lacerations
- Fractures, sprains, strains
- Soft tissue damage
- Concussion, head injury, traumatic brain injury
- Neck, spine, and nerve injury
- Internal organ damage
- Amputation of digits or limbs
- Paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia
Smartphone use and texting and driving are common sources of distraction. However, other sources of distracted driving involve:
- Talking to passengers
- Adjusting the vehicle’s climate control (heating, A/C)
- Changing the radio
- Reaching for objects on the floor
- Eating, smoking, or drinking a beverage
- Checking GPS
How a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you sustained severe injuries in a distracted driving accident, you might be feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and lost. You will need financial resources to pay for your medical care and to replace your regular income if your injuries prevent you from working. You also deserve compensation for your pain and suffering and any mental or emotional damage you may experience.
That’s where a distracted driving accident & back injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale at our firm can help.
We Investigate the Accident
Our investigator will thoroughly examine your case and collect evidence we need to establish fault and prove the value of your damages.
Whether the distracted driver who caused your accident was texting while driving, playing with the car radio, or daydreaming behind the wheel, a skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer will help you build a case that demonstrates eligibility to recover compensation.
We Deal With the Insurance Company
Speak with us before you give the insurance adjuster a recorded statement. Do not let the adjuster convince you to state without first consulting your lawyer. We will make sure you do not say anything the insurance company can twist and use against you.
Our lawyers will also negotiate a fair settlement to make sure you get the money you need to pay your bills.
We Fight for You in Court
If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, then we will take your case to court. Our thorough preparation gets us ready to pursue your case to the end.
Valuing Your Distracted Driving Injury Case
Our firm will retrieve your medical records and other documentation to calculate the value of your case. We will get wage statements from your employer to document your lost income. And we will work with expert witnesses who can testify about your recovery, future earning capacity, and other short- and long-term damages.
Some of the damages we may pursue include:
- Medical bills
- Surgical costs
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of pension and other employment benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
When you get a free initial consultation with a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer, they will be able to assess your case and give you a general idea of what damages you can expect to recover for your claim. Then they will get to work proving that you were the victim of a distracted driver.
Proving Liability for Your Distracted Driving Accident
We can often identify the at-fault party based on the accident report. In other cases, we may have to investigate the accident scene, talk to eyewitnesses, and obtain photos or video of the accident. We may require an accident reconstruction specialist to provide the documentation necessary to prove how the accident happened.
Ultimately, we must demonstrate the four legal principles of personal injury cases, specifically:
- Duty of care
For example, motorists owe a duty of care to other drivers, pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motorcyclists. This duty of care obligates them to follow traffic laws, drive only when they are alert and unimpaired, and to keep their eyes on the road.
If a driver fails to uphold their duty of care (e.g., texting and driving), they have breached this duty. To establish causation, we must demonstrate the other driver’s negligence (e.g., texting and driving) caused the accident. And we must demonstrate that you suffered damages due to the accident.
Consult a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale at No Cost
Try to avoid facing the challenges of your case alone. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine assist injured people in Fort Lauderdale as they pursue compensation for a distracted driving accident.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation to answer your questions and help you make the best possible decisions for your future. Contact us today for help from a distracted driving accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
We Can Help.