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Sarasota Injury Attorneys Manage Distracted Driving Cases

Proving liability when drivers are inattentive

The issue of negligence is at the heart of almost every personal injury case. Numerous campaigns against distracted driving make it clear that distracted driving is negligent driving. At Morris & Widman, P.A., our attorneys work diligently to establish negligence so that our clients can recover compensation for their injuries. We investigate carefully for any signs that the driver may have been distracted, because demonstrating that the driver who hit you was not paying attention can turn the case in your favor.

Recognizing common distractions for Florida drivers

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving contributes to at least 10 percent of wrongful death accidents??and 17 percent of all injury accidents. Behavior that may be considered negligent driving includes:

  • Adjusting the stereo
  • Applying makeup
  • Brushing hair
  • Cellphone use
  • Drinking
  • Eating
  • Reaching for an object
  • Reading, including maps
  • Shaving
  • Talking to passengers
  • Texting
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching video

Florida law does not restrict cellphone use behind the wheel

The fact that frivolous behavior while driving can lead to serious, catastrophic accidents??has caused widespread outrage. Many states have passed laws to limit cellphone use, but Florida is not one of them. Instead, the state makes recommendations it hopes will increase safety:

By remembering that your first duty to yourself, your family and the public is to be a safe driver, you can take advantage of your technology and still avoid accidents.

Consult with our Sarasota accident lawyers who know how to manage distracted driver cases

If you have been in an accident a distracted driver caused, put our experience to work for you. Morris & Widman, P.A. can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our firm offers free initial consultations and we accept accident cases on a contingency basis so there is no upfront cost to you. Call today at??941.552.4616??or??contact us online.

Morris & Widman, P.A. is available to handle legal malpractice and personal injury cases throughout Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Titusville, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Naples, Fort Myers, Tallahassee and Pensacola.