Distracted Driving Accidents in Florida
Naples Auto Accident Attorney
Distracted driving is a major problem on U.S. roadways and a leading cause of auto accidents. Even a momentary lapse in a driver’s attention can constitute a substantial risk to other motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and anyone else sharing the road. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, inattentive driving played a role in more than 45,000 accidents throughout the state in 2015 alone. If you have been involved in an auto accident, do not waste any time in contacting the Kelleher Firm. Naples Personal Injury Attorney Ryan Kuhl has an in depth understanding of the circumstances and laws surrounding distracted driving accidents and knows how to maximize the strength of your claim.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving can occur when a cognitive, manual, or visual stimuli takes a driver’s attention away from the task of safely operating a vehicle. With the advances in technology, texting while driving has become one of the main offenders and can distract a driver by all three classifications. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has stated that it can take a driver 27 seconds to fully re-focus their attention on the road after interacting with a smartphone.
Distracted driving can include:
- Texting or talking on a cellphone
- Changing the radio station
- Looking at a map
- Reaching into the backseat
- Eating or drinking
- Applying make up
Why is showing that the other driver was distracted so important? While Florida is a no-fault insurance state, car accident claims follow the legal theory of comparative negligence. This means that your monetary award may be reduced by the percentage of fault that you shared for an accident. For example, if you would normally be awarded $10,000 but were found to be 10% at fault, you may only receive $9,000 of the total.
Attorney Fighting for Auto Accident Victims
After an accident, you will likely be left with an overwhelming number of questions. Who can be held responsible for my damages? How much is my claim worth? When you need answers, Ryan Kuhl is here to help. Attorney Kuhl strives to simplify the claims process by providing each client with straightforward, effective legal advocacy.