It seems that everywhere you turn, there is a warning about using your cell phone while driving. Is this just public hype or does using your phone really increase your risk for an accident? It turns out that the ubiquitous public service announcements are spreading an important message; texting and talking on the phone while driving is a danger to yourself and to others. Unfortunately, in Melbourne and the surrounding areas, far too many auto accidents are caused by drivers using their cell phones.
Though talking and driving is legal in Florida, if you have been injured in an accident, and the responsible party was using a phone at the time, you may still be eligible for financial compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm will help you obtain the compensation you deserve, while at the same time taking a stand against the dangers of talking and texting while driving.
Here in Florida (and in many other states) texting while driving is banned, but talking on the phone while driving is permissible. However, a look at the statistics shows that a ban on texting may not be enough. According to a 2010 study by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of all auto accidents are caused by cell phone use. Of those accidents, 1.4 million are caused by drivers talking on the phone. A much smaller percentage (200,000 accidents) is the result of drivers texting from behind the wheel.
Do Hands-free Devices Help?
Many people believe that hands-free devices such as Bluetooth can help lower the accident rate in this country. In 2010, the Highway Loss Data Institute compared the accident rates in four states before and after they banned talking on the phone while driving. Surprisingly, the accident rates did not change much at all. Some experts believe that hands-free mobile devices are to blame. When cell phone use was banned, more drivers began using these devices, thinking they were safer. It turns out that it is distraction itself that causes accidents. It makes little difference whether a driver is distracted by a conversation on a traditional cell phone or over a blue tooth device.
How We Can Assist You
Though talking on the phone while driving is not illegal, if a distracted driver causes an auto accident, he or she can still be held financially responsible for medical bills and property damage. Our auto accident lawyers will investigate your case to determine if distracted driving caused the accident. We will also look for other contributing factors, such as high speed, poor vehicle maintenance, bad road conditions, and defective auto parts. When we have fully established the causes of your accident, we will fight aggressively for your best interests. Though it may be years before Florida bans drivers from using their phones while driving, we hope that by bringing distracted, negligent drivers to justice, we will inspire individuals to protect those around them by remaining focused on the road.
Contact Charpentier Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a cell-phone related accident, contact our office to obtain your case evaluation.