April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. That means it’s time for a close look at how Florida drivers are faring when it comes to distracted driving. Unfortunately, the picture is not pretty.
Nearly 300 people died in more than 48,400 distracted driving accidents in the Sunshine State in a single year, according to the most current figures from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). That’s a record high and comes on the heels of a report from the online insurer EverQuote, Inc., which recently ranked Florida as the second-worst state in the nation for distracted driving.
When a person is killed in a distracted driving crash, Florida law allows family members to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for their loss. If you’ve lost a loved one because of a driver who was texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, or was otherwise inattentive, a distracted driving accident lawyer from Brooks Law Group can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Call or contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Distracted Driving Accident Statistics
National statistics show that an average of 9 people die in distracted driving crashes every day. According to AAA, the top three causes of these collisions are:
- Cell phone use
- Use of in-vehicle technology
Other data illustrates how only a momentary distraction can be a fatal mistake:
- Taking your eyes off the road for 2 seconds can double your risk of a distracted driving accident.
- The effects of mental distractions can linger long after you have stopped engaging in distracted driving action. Distractions such as dialing a phone, texting, or changing the radio station have been shown to last for up to 27 seconds.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
At Brooks Law Group, we have seen the tragic consequences of distracted driving far too often. The pain for families who lose family members due to inattentive drivers is unimaginable. Let us help you get justice if your family is grieving.
A wrongful death claim in Florida allows eligible relatives to receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of household income, and pain and suffering. It also can include compensation for loss of support and services, companionship, instruction, and guidance for qualifying spouses, children, and next of kin.
Though no amount of money can ever make up for what you have lost, wrongful death compensation can offset the financial impact of your sudden loss so you don’t have to worry about going into debt.
At Brooks Law Group, our distracted driving lawyers strive to make the legal process minimally disruptive while we work to resolve your claim. Once you put your case in our hands, we can manage all talks and negotiations with the insurance company so that you can mourn in peace.
To learn more about how we can help, call or use our online contact form for a free case review. Our law firm delivers top results for clients in Tampa, Winter Haven, Lakeland, Auburndale, and the surrounding communities.