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Sarasota & Venice Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Serving Clients in Florida’s Gulf Coast

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.

Most Common Distractions

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.

Why You May Need an Attorney for Distracted Driving

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.

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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 attorneys at Gerber Law today. We serve clients in Sarasota, Venice, and the surrounding areas.

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