If you plan to drive with a cell phone, make sure you have a good distracted driving accident attorney, as well as the possibility of a criminal attorney too. Cell phones have become one of the leading causes of distraction for drivers and the accident rate due to cell phone related incidents is far and above drunk drivers. A driver who is caught in the situation of using a cell phone for texting while driving, or talking while driving (without a hands-free device), faces civil and possible criminal charges (in most states). Another problem on the rise is the number of incidents that involve pedestrian injuries and fatalities due to driver distraction. Aside from the issues of license revocation or suspension, as well as possible criminal charges, there will be civil penalties that ensue. What constitutes Distracted Driving?
- Using a phone (talking or texting)
- Eating or drinking
- Reading (including maps)
- Talking to passengers
- Using (GPS)
- Adjusting audio system
- Watching a video
An auto accident attorney can counsel you with the civil aspects if you are the driver involved with a pedestrian accident. If you are found to be at fault, it may mean liability for the damages. There can be many factors involved, such as other parties, who, in turn, may share the liability. Of course, all of this is determined from the decision of the pedestrian to file a suit. It is imperative that you contact an auto accident attorney as quickly as possible if you are involved in such an incident. Time slipping by will only diminish any chances of salvaging a case.
In the event you are on talking on a cell phone or texting and involved in an accident with another vehicle, the same civil penalties may apply. Fortunately, if you happen to rear end another vehicle, the other driver and/or passengers have a buffer of safety that pedestrians are not afforded. Chances are the physical injuries will be less severe than an accident involving a pedestrian. Nevertheless, seek a distracted driving accident attorney immediately to minimize the repercussions and build a case. Though there may be certain criminal and administrative consequences, an auto accident attorney will advise on the civil matters.
Many individuals take this prosperous age of communication for granted. Many people cannot go anywhere without their cell phone. With so many applications and services, it can take the attention away from more important matters at hand. The fact is that even though there are stringent laws that dissuade this activity, it continues to occur. Keep in mind that a good accident attorney may be able to help you in the event that you are the driver in such an accident. Their advice may save thousands of dollars in liability. An experienced accident attorney can walk you through the steps from the first counsel to the judgment, providing care and confidence during the entire process. Every year the fatalities and injuries due to distracted drivers continue to rise at an alarming rate. Strict enforcement has not deterred people from putting them down, pulling over or leaving them at home. If you need more info on Distracted Driving Accident Law, please contact The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas in Orlando, FL.