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Understanding the risks of distracted driving in Florida

Cell phones, iPods and navigation systems may be technological marvels, but these devices can create major distractions for drivers. Distracted driving is a factor in so many Florida car accidents. How many times have we read a news story about a tragic accident involving a young driver who was sending or reading a text message?

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the proportion of distracted drivers in fatal crashes has risen 3 percent in four years.

While cell phone and texting accidents have become more prevalent in the last few years, modern technology is not the only source of distractions. In some cases, the driver may be changing settings on the radio, eating while driving or even looking at something on the side of the road.

The consequences of driver distraction

Driver distraction may lead to a rear-end collision in which the distracted driver is not paying attention to stopped or slowing traffic in the road ahead. Driver distraction at fast highway speeds can lead to more serious types of accidents such as a rollover crash.

If you or a loved one was injured due to driver distraction, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Whether you need a lawyer to represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit, or you need an attorney to negotiate a favorable settlement with the insurance company, at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have experience handling all types of Florida car accidents. Let a West Palm Beach car accident attorney go to work for you. We are prepared to investigate the circumstances and hold the negligent parties accountable. Get in touch with our firm today for a free consultation.

Contact an experienced West Palm Beach car accident lawyer

Choose a West Palm Beach injury lawyer who can help you build the strongest possible claim. Call (800) 608-2965 today. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we put experience and resources to work for car accident victims in South Florida. Your consultation is free. There is no obligation. Contact us today. Our bilingual, Spanish-speaking attorneys and staff are available to assist you 24 hours a day/7 days a week.