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Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, or fiddling with the stereo, entertainment, or navigation system. It is anything that takes your attention away from the road.

Call Gerber Law today at (941) 484-2700 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our distracted driving accident attorney in Sarasota and Venice.

What are the Most Common Distractions While Driving?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,522 fatalities related to distracted driving occurred in 2021. Different distractions may hinder a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely.

The most common distractions are:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off driving

Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. Other common distractions include eating, using a GPS, adjusting the radio, grooming, and talking to passengers.

Florida Distracted Driving Laws

Florida has enacted several laws to combat distracted driving. The Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law Florida, FL Statute 316.305 prohibits the use of wireless communication devices for texting while driving. In addition, as of July 1, 2019, drivers can be pulled over solely for texting while driving as a primary offense.

The Wireless Communications While Driving Law, FL Statute 316.306, effective October 1, 2019, further prohibits the use of handheld wireless communications devices in designated school crossings, school zones, or active work zones.

Common Injuries in Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents on the roads of Sarasota and Venice, resulting in a wide range of injuries. These accidents often lead to severe physical, emotional, and financial consequences for victims. Common injuries in distracted driving accidents include:

  • Whiplash and Neck Injuries: The sudden impact of a distracted driving collision can cause the head to jerk forcefully, leading to whiplash and neck injuries.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Accidents involving distracted driving can result in head injuries, varying from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries that could have long-term consequences.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: The force of a collision can cause damage to the spinal cord, leading to paralysis or other life-altering conditions.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: The sheer impact of a distracted driving accident can cause fractures and breaks in various parts of the body, requiring extensive medical treatment.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Muscles, tendons, and ligaments may suffer damage in a collision, leading to pain and restricted mobility.
  • Internal Injuries: The force of impact can generate injuries to internal organs, often requiring immediate medical attention and surgical intervention.
  • Psychological Trauma: Victims of distracted driving accidents may encounter emotional distress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder because of the traumatic nature of the incident.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Distracted Driving Accident Claims in Florida?

In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including those stemming from distracted driving accidents, is generally four years from the date of the incident.

However, it is essential to consult with our experienced Sarasota and Venice distracted driving accident lawyer promptly. Delaying legal action may result in the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation for injuries and damages sustained in the accident. Acting swiftly allows us to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a solid case on your behalf.

Why You May Need an Attorney for a Distracted Driving Accident

If you have been involved in a distracted driving accident in Florida, it is crucial to consult with an attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and even represent you in court if necessary.

An attorney can help determine if the other driver was distracted during the accident and hold them accountable for their negligence. They can also help you understand your rights and the compensation you may be entitled to for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Distracted driving is a serious issue that can lead to devastating accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a distracted driving accident, it is crucial to understand the state laws and consider seeking legal representation.

Contact Our Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Today

If you or someone you know has been injured in a distracted driving accident, our attorneys can help. At Gerber Law, we understand that the period after an accident can be stressful as medical costs, auto repairs, and lost wages begin to add up. Our experienced team can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Contact our distracted driving accident lawyers at Gerber Law today. We serve clients in Sarasota, Venice, and the surrounding areas.

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