Despite attempts on the part of law enforcement and legislators in Florida to reduce the number of distracted drivers and potential auto accidents because of them, it is still a problem on state roadways. People who are paying attention to their cellphone or are distracted due to other reasons are much more likely to have a motor vehicle accident. In some cases, they are injured and lose their lives. Often, however, a driver who is adhering to the traffic laws and driving safely is in a collision due to another driver being distracted.
A teen driver admitted to law enforcement that she was distracted by her cellphone prior to a collision with a tractor-trailer. The accident happened in the early-morning hours at approximately 3 a.m. The teen was driving south and her distraction caused her to lose control and swerve. As she tried to regain control, the vehicle spun and hit the back wheels of the tractor-trailer. The truck subsequently went off the road and flipped. The trucker, 56, died in the accident. The teen had minor injuries. The investigation is continuing.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of an accident. Even with citations and campaigns to emphasize how dangerous it is, the temptation to check a cellphone can be too much for people to resist. This is problematic for people of all ages. Texting, surfing the web, making calls and even using navigation apps can spark distraction and lead to a crash. People who are injured or lose a loved one in an accident should consider their alternatives after a crash and assess the possibility that it was due to distraction. This can be a foundational part of a legal filing.
Medical expenses, lost income and the challenges inherent from personal injury after a distracted driving car crash should not be glossed over. In this case, the teen has already admitted she was distracted. Since the trucker died, the family must think about how they will move forward after this unfortunate incident. A law firm experienced in distracted driving motor vehicle accidents may be able to help with a lawsuit.