What you should know about cell phone and texting accidents in Florida
Cell Phone and Texting Accident Lawyer Serving West Palm Beach Florida
Cell phone use and texting by drivers are frequently factors in rear-end collisions and pedestrian injuries. This type of distraction can lead to serious injury or a fatal car accident, possibly creating the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. Some studies have compared the dangers of texting while behind the wheel to drinking and driving. A study by the University of Utah shows that cell phone use is the equivalent of having the same blood-alcohol content (BAC) as the drunk driving limit in Florida.
Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the use of hand-held devices makes the driver four times as likely to get into an injury crash compared to a driver who is not using a hand-held device.
If you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one was killed due to a driver who was using a cell phone or texting while driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (800) 608-2965 to learn about your rights today. A West Palm Beach cell phone accident lawyer may be able to assist you.
Florida prohibits texting while driving
A texting while driving ban in Florida went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. By adopting the legislation, Florida joined a majority of other states that prohibit texting while driving, which is a secondary offense. That means drivers must be stopped on suspicion of a separate offense first before they can be ticketed for texting while driving. While texting is now illegal for drivers, Florida also has no ban on using cell phones while driving.
Under the law, drivers may receive a $30 ticket. The law also allows police to confiscate cell phone records if a driver kills or seriously injures someone.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have seen first-hand the devastating impact of a distracted driving accident. In representing someone injured in a texting while driving accident, we conduct a thorough investigation. We can examine the negligent driver's cell phone records to prove he or she was texting at the time of the crash. Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers leave no stone unturned.
The accident may lead to deep losses. You may be coping with significant medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. We can work aggressively with experts who can show how the accident has affected your entire life.
What makes texting while driving accidents complicated
Even if you clearly saw the other driver texting when he or she caused your crash, there's no guarantee that texting while driving will automatically be part of your official accident report for several reasons.
First and foremost, many drivers deny texting while driving. And without proof that they were actually texting, you might have a hard time including this contributing factor into the official accident report.
And then there are the insurance companies. They might try to claim that you did something to cause your crash, especially if there's a lack of evidence supporting that the other driver was texting. That's why it's critical that you have an experienced accident attorney on your side, carefully investigating your crash in search of evidence proving that the other driver was texting.
Contact a texting while driving/cell phone lawyer in West Palm Beach
A car accident can be devastating, but doesn't have to ruin your life. Take action today. Contact a West Palm Beach lawyer. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we are committed to protecting the rights of people injured through no fault of their own. Let us help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We are skilled at negotiating with insurance companies and are ready to take a case to trial if necessary. We can also demand to see the other driver's cellphone records, frequently interview witnesses and regularly consult with accident reconstruction experts in our quest to uncover the truth. Call us at (800) 608-2965 for a free consultation.