Tallahassee Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
What to Do If You Are Injured by a Distracted Driver
If you are injured by a distracted driver, it is important that you know how to protect your rights, including your right to compensation. Florida is known for being one of the worst states when it comes to distracted driving, meaning your chances of being hit by someone who is texting, eating, adjusting controls, looking at a GPS, or otherwise distracted behind the wheel are high. What you do immediately after the accident can make all the difference in your recovery.
Whether your car was totaled, you were severely injured, or you lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash, one of the most important things you can do to protect your rights is to contact an experienced attorney. The insurance company is not on your side; you need a lawyer who can fight back against their attempts to reduce your payout or deny your claim and help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Understanding Florida’s Distracted Driving Laws
Florida’s anti-distracted driving law, known as the Wireless Communications While Driving Law, went into effect on July 1, 2019. The law allows police officers to issue citations to drivers who use a wireless communications device to manually send text-based communications while operating a motor vehicle.
- Typing, sending, or reading text messages on a cell phone
- Posting to social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok
- Sending or reading an email on a laptop, tablet, or similar handheld device
- Typing a message using a handheld electronic gaming device
This is not an exhaustive list; any form of text-based communication using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited under Florida’s anti-distracted driving laws. The law also prohibits using a handheld device in school zones and work zones.
Proving Another Driver Was Distracted
Although Florida law specifically relates to using a handheld electronic communications device to manually send text-based communications, this is far from the only type of distracted driving. In fact, anything that takes a motorist’s attention away from driving is considered a driving distraction—and those who engage in them and cause accidents can be held liable.
Proving that another driver was distracted and that this was the cause of the crash that left you injured is critical in filing a personal injury lawsuit, but it can also be incredibly difficult without an exhaustive investigation.
At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., we look into the accident to determine if the driver who hit you was engaged in any of the following driving distractions:
- Manual Distractions: Any actions that caused the driver to remove his or her hands from the steering wheel, such as texting, eating, reaching for an item, or adjusting vehicle controls
- Visual Distractions: Actions that caused the driver to take his or her eyes off the road, such as looking at a GPS device/navigational system, reading billboards, or rubbernecking
- Cognitive Distractions: Anything that diverted the driver’s attention away from the task of driving, such as talking to a passenger or daydreaming
When building powerful cases for his clients, our Tallahassee distracted driving accident lawyer evaluates the defendants’ cell phone records, talks to witnesses, works with accident reconstructionists, and collects other evidence proving that distracted driving was the cause of these accidents. He and his team here at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. understand the many complexities inherent in these types of claims, as well as what it takes to go up against major insurance providers—and win.
Put a Powerful Legal Team on Your Side
With more than 25 years of experience, Attorney Paul Shapiro has the skills, resources, and knowledge to effectively advocate for you. A distracted driving accident can leave you dealing with serious injuries, including devastating brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. The cost of treating these injuries can be exorbitant, both now and in the future. You may also find yourself out of work and struggling to manage everyday expenses, not to mention the significant physical pain and suffering resulting from the crash.
At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., we fight to help our clients recover fair financial compensation for all damages resulting from the accident, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Ongoing and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost income/wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Lost enjoyment of life
- In-home assistance and care costs
- Home modifications
- Medications and medical equipment
- Counseling/therapy services
We have extensive experience negotiating favorable settlements from major insurance carriers, but we are also prepared to take your case to trial if the insurance company refuses to play fair. We do not settle for less than what we believe our clients deserve.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation Today
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, reach out to our team at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. today to learn how we can help. We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses, and we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover compensation for you.
When you choose Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., you can have confidence and the peace of mind that comes with knowing a team of proven legal professionals is handling your case. We are proud to serve our local community and fight for the rights of individuals and families throughout Leon County.
Call our office today at (850) 629-7226 or fill out and submit a free online case evaluation form to get started.