The Three Types of Distracted Driving in Florida

There are many instances of distracted driving that occur across the state of Florida each year. With over 1.5 million car accidents nationwide that occurred in 2017 due to texting and driving, the danger of distracted driving in Florida is very real. Working with an attorney in the state of Florida can be one of the best ways that you recover your losses in distracted driving cases. Getting access to compensation for economic losses like medical bills can be a start, but a distracted driving accident could change your life forever. There are three main types of distraction that occur in a car accident in Florida.

Manual Distraction

This is where a driver has taken their hand off the wheel to do something else like use their GPS, set up their radio, or reach for their cell phone. This type of distraction is not currently illegal even with hands free laws. However, it can be indicative of fault in the accident.

Cognitive Distraction

There are people that take their minds off of driving when they divert their attention to a conversation, a song on the radio, or to mind children in the back seat. This type of distraction can be an example of fault in an accident, but it is also not illegal.

Visual Distraction

Looking at a handheld device is prohibited in the state of Florida while driving. However, taking eyes off the road can occur for a number of reasons. The driver might be looking at the fuel gauge, their speedometer, or the radio station at the time of an accident.

Working with a local lawyer can help you get to the bottom of what caused your accident and who may be at fault. Determining the type of distraction that was responsible for your accident and how you can access compensation for your injuries can be crucial to your case.

Contact us today, and we can assist you in building a case for distracted driving!

This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is an insurance claim attorney. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your individual situation.

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