As a distracted driving attorney, I have seen cases involving multiple forms of distracted driving. Most people know that using your cell phone while operating a vehicle is dangerous. However, there are multiple forms of distracted driving that people take for granted. It is important for all drivers to focus on the roadway and give driving their full attention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people died in 2016 from distracted driving accidents.
Defining Distracted Driving
Driver distraction is categorized by either manual, visual, or cognitive distraction. Manual means you take your hands off the wheel. Visual means you take your eyes off the road. Cognitive means you are thinking about anything but driving. Examples of manual, cognitive, and visual distractions include:
- Sending text messages
- Talking on the phone (even hands-free talking can be distracting)
- Using social media
- Taking pictures
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting temperature, volume, music, mirrors
- Using GPS or navigation systems
- Grooming or doing makeup
Even talking to other passengers can be sufficient enough to cause driver distraction, which leads to accidents. Too many people try to multitask while behind the wheel, especially when they’re late. On a regular basis, you may look over at another driver and see them putting in contacts, applying mascara, taking a sweater off, or rummaging around in a bag. If you were the victim in a Lakeland-area accident that was caused by a multitasking driver, trust a distracted driving attorney to build the evidence you need to receive compensation.
Texting and Driving in Florida: What Are the Laws?
Nearly everyone has seen another driver with one hand on the wheel and the other on their phone. Whether they are texting, looking at directions, or changing the song, looking away from the road for one second can lead to a collision. When it comes to texting, Florida has a limited ban. The ban is a secondary offense, however, which means a driver must be pulled over for another violation to be fined for texting while driving. For example, if someone ran a red light while texting, an officer could pull them over for running the red light and fine them for texting. If you were in an accident and suffered personal injuries or property damage, contact a distracted driving attorney in Lakeland to fight for your rights.
Trust a Distracted Driving Attorney at Dismuke Law for Assistance in Lakeland
For a distracted driving attorney, you can trust, rely on the professionals at Dismuke Law. We help Lakeland area accident victims with their personal injury and property damage cases. Call us today at 1-800-ASK DAVE or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts Research Note 2016