Texting while driving can have devastating consequences. Distractions that take a driver’s eyes off the road and hands off the wheel puts them and other road users at risk of experiencing dangerous accidents.
If another driver put your life or the lives of your loved ones at risk by causing an accident while texting and driving, our St. Petersburg texting while driving accident lawyer can help you fight for justice. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine now to receive a free consultation where you can explore your legal options and next steps.
Compensation is Recoverable In Texting While Driving Accidents
Your texting while driving accident lawyer can help pursue fair compensation on your behalf. While there is no average settlement amount for victims of motor vehicle accidents, you may be able to seek the following damages in your accident:
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Medical expenses and future medical costs
- Transport expenses
- Income losses
- Permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
You also could recover other losses not included here. Talk with our legal team today to learn more.
How a Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you were harmed by a texting driver, our St. Petersburg texting while driving accident lawyer can be your advocate and ally, fighting for your due and justice. A car accident attorney from our firm can investigate your crash and build a case to prove the texting driver’s negligence.
They can, for example, request cellphone records and traffic camera recordings to strengthen your case. Our lawyer can also help you with:
- Determining your legal options
- Assessing and proving your damages
- Negotiating with the relevant insurance companies on your behalf
- Taking your case to trial
Most of all, an attorney with our firm can take the weight off your shoulders during what can be an exceedingly stressful and worrying time. Handling a texting while driving accident claim or lawsuit on your own can be time-consuming and challenging. An attorney from our firm can leave you free to recover from your accident while working hard on your behalf.
You Generally Have Four Years to File a Lawsuit In Florida
It is important to note that delaying action can cost you. If you need to file a lawsuit in Florida, you typically have four years from the date of your accident to do so. You also usually have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a lawsuit, as explained under Florida Statutes § 95.11.
Not filing your lawsuit by the deadline can have devastating consequences, and you may not be able to recover compensation, even if you have a solid case. Seeking legal advice as soon as possible after an accident can help you determine the correct timing for a lawsuit.
Proving Negligence In a Texting While Driving Accident
Building a texting while driving accident case can be anything but straightforward and may require a large amount of evidence. However, our car accident lawyer can help collect crucial evidence to prove your claim or lawsuit. This evidence can include:
- Police accident reports
- Photographs and videos of the scene
- Witness statements
- Cellphone records
The other driver and their legal counsel may try to fight your claim and argue that you are at fault. An attorney from our firm can protect your legal rights and build a case that may grant you compensation.
Your attorney will also work on proving the elements of a personal injury case which include:
- The at-fault driver owed you a duty of care.
- They breached that duty of care.
- The breach was responsible for your accident and damages.
- You have financial losses because of the accident.
Why Texting While Driving Is Dangerous
Drivers must always pay full attention to the road and traffic and keep distractions to the bare minimum. Any type of distraction can lead to an accident. In addition to texting while drinking, which is particularly dangerous, other examples of distracted driving include:
- Playing loud music
- Eating and drinking
- Interacting with passengers
- Adjusting the GPS or stereo
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three types of distractions:
- Visual distractions – taking one’s eyes off the road
- Manual distractions – taking one’s hands off the steering wheel
- Cognitive distractions – taking one’s mind off driving
Texting while driving is potentially the most serious form of distraction as it involves a combination of all three types of distractions. It requires the driver to take their eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel and presents a cognitive distraction.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,841 people died in the U.S. due to distracted driving, including texting and driving, in 2018 alone.
Take Legal Action In Your Florida Texting While Driving Accident Today
The number of texting while driving accidents, fatalities, and injuries in Florida have spurred lawmakers into action in recent years. Despite laws now prohibiting individuals from manually typing into a device to text, email, or send messages, not all drivers comply. As a result, accidents still happen, and negligent drivers still put other lives at risk due to texting and driving.
Those who have suffered injuries and property damage due to another’s negligence could have legal recourse. Our St. Petersburg texting while driving accident lawyer can offer help and advice today.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offers victims the opportunity to discuss their accident in a free consultation and determine whether they could hold another party accountable for their losses.
Reach out to us today to find out more about we can help you.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine now
We are committed to helping those injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers and understand the difficulties that victims face. Our team can fight for fair compensation on your behalf. Do not wait too long to seek legal advice, as your time to get justice may be limited.
Get started now and call us for a free case review at 1-800-747-3733.
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