In today’s world, people’s phones are attached to their hands — even when they’re driving. Whether it’s to use it as a GPS for directions, listen to music playlists, or scroll through social media at stoplights, it’s become a part of everyday life. In addition, overly busy people sometimes have meals or apply their makeup while driving. Then there are billboards, kids arguing in the backseat, or worrying thoughts about pressing problems. It’s all a recipe for disaster — which is exactly what happens when you get into a car accident because you were distracted.
In a best-case scenario, you could be pulled over for violating Florida Statute 316.305. This is the law that prohibits using your mobile device while driving (aka, the Texting While Driving Law). In a worst-case scenario, you could be on the hook for a negligence lawsuit for causing an accident — or even criminal charges if it results in someone’s death. In any of these scenarios, you could be facing:
- Civil fines
- Points on your driving record
- Extensive litigation
- Criminal charges
- Prison time (in the event of manslaughter)
We Can Represent You in a Distracted Driving Case
An experienced car accident attorney can look at all of the relevant facts to determine whether you were completely at fault for an accident. This is crucial because Florida is a comparative negligence jurisdiction — meaning that if someone else was also partially at fault for the crash, your liability would be diminished. For example, if the other party was also distracted and fault can be apportioned, you wouldn’t have to cover the full costs of their injuries. By the same token, if your vehicle had a mechanical failure that didn’t allow you to brake properly, we’d look at whether a car manufacturer or mechanic may share a portion of the responsibility.
On the other hand, if you were the victim of a distracted driver, we can also take into account all of the circumstances to give you a clear picture regarding the possible liability of all involved parties. And, regardless of the circumstances, we can depose witnesses, subpoena records, request surveillance videos from homes or businesses near the scene of the accident, and speak with accident reconstruction experts. We can piece together the entire puzzle to figure out the best course of action.
Hire an Experienced Distracted Driving Attorney
If you got into an accident due to distracted driving in the Tampa Bay Area, call Clark Law, P.A. without delay. We have offices in Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.
Getting an early start on your case is critical to ensuring the best possible outcome. A mistake behind the wheel doesn’t have to ruin your life or your livelihood if your rights are properly protected. Contact us today at (855) 680-4911 for your free consultation.