Miami Texting & Driving Accident Lawyer
You cannot drive for more than five minutes without seeing another driver looking down at their phone at a stop light. And while that driver may seem to put their phone away once the light turns green, chances are that they will continue glancing at it and sending texts even when they get up to full speed. Texting drivers are the fastest growing danger on the roads. If you were injured in a traffic collision that you suspect was caused by a texting driver, an attorney can help. You have the right to file a claim or civil lawsuit against that party’s auto insurance company, demanding compensation for the damages that have been caused to you. This is separate from any traffic penalties or criminal charges the driver may be facing. Our Miami texting & driving accident lawyer here at Spencer Morgan Law, not only fights for every dollar our clients are owed, but takes the time to explain the ins and outs of their case, and will continue to communicate with you throughout the process.
The Three Types of Distraction That Texting While Driving Causes
- Visual Distraction—It takes about five seconds, on average, to send a text while driving, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. During that time, a driver will have gone anywhere from a few hundred feet to more than a football field in distance with their eyes off the road, depending on their speed. This visual distraction is likely the most dangerous type of distraction caused by texting and driving.
- Cognitive Distraction—Even after a driver has sent a text, it takes roughly half a minute for them to begin paying attention to the road and other vehicles again. Cognitive or mental distraction delays a driver’s reaction time, keeps them from noticing that a light is turning from green to yellow, makes them forget to use turn signals or check their side view mirrors.
- Physical Distraction—When a driver takes their hands off the wheel, either to search for their phone or to type in their text, they are engaging in physical distraction. This creates a dangerous scenario by reducing the control they have to make an emergency maneuver, and—when combined with visual distraction—leads to swerving in and out of their lane of traffic. The problem with texting while driving is that it involves all three types of distraction described above, and no matter how “careful” a driver is being while texting, they are putting the lives of others at risk by doing so.
Call a Miami Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer Today
Anyone who texts and drives is fooling themselves if they think it can be done safely. Texting and driving leads to hundreds of thousands of traffic collisions each year, and is one of the most selfish and shortsighted acts anyone can do behind the wheel. If you were injured by a texting driver, call our Miami texting and driving accident lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law today at 305-423-3800 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you secure the financial compensation needed to pay for your injuries, lost wages, property damage, and more.