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Pasco County Texting and Driving Attorney

Distracted driving is any activity that pulls the driver’s attention away from operating a motor vehicle. In this age of technology, distracted driving has become a serious threat on America’s roadways. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC as soon as possible. We serve Pasco County, representing people injured in distracted driving accidents.

Distracted Driving Statistics

Distracted driving is dangerous driving behavior that diverts attention from operating a motor vehicle. Texting while driving is a particularly alarming form of distracted driving, as it requires manual, visual, and cognitive attention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, during daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. In a recent year, distracted driving conduct resulted in the following staggering numbers:

  • 3,450 deaths
  • 391,000 injuries

Determining Negligence

In a legal context, negligence may be defined as a failure to act with the ordinary prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. To prove negligence, you must show that:

  • There was a legal duty of care.
  • The defendant failed to exercise that duty.
  • That failure to exercise care caused the accident and injuries sustained.
  • You suffered damages as a result of the accident.

In the state of Florida, there may be multiple factors contributing to a wreck under pure comparative negligence laws. You are awarded damages in proportion to the percentage of fault for the accident assigned to yourself and the other driver. For example, if your damages total $100,000 and you are assigned 10% of the fault for the accident, your recovery will be reduced accordingly to $90,000. A driver who is texting or talking on the phone at the time of an accident may be found to have been negligent and all or largely at fault.

Damages You May Be Able to Recover

After an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to recover compensatory damages. These damages fall under two categories:

  • Economic damages: This includes past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any tangible damages with a definable dollar amount.
  • Non-economic damages: This category includes non-tangible damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.

Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer?

At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC our team is dedicated to providing skilled legal counsel to all victims of distracted driving accidents.

  • Our personal injury lawyers have more than two decades of experience successfully representing injured people in auto accident cases. We are tough advocates for our clients and take a hands-on approach.
  • By being selective about the cases we represent, we maintain a smaller caseload, which enables us to give our clients the respect and attention they deserve.
  • We take a hands-on approach and devise a comprehensive legal strategy specifically tailored to your needs and will aggressively litigate for the maximum possible damages.

Why You Need an Attorney

Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to provide the representation you need to pursue maximum damages in your case. We can:

  • Thoroughly investigate your auto accident
  • Interview witnesses
  • Obtain cell phone records of the at-fault driver
  • Determine cause for the accident
  • Negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf
  • Fight for your rights in court, if necessary

Distracted Driving Statistics

Distracted driving is dangerous driving behavior that diverts attention from operating a motor vehicle. Texting while driving is a particularly alarming form of distracted driving, as it requires manual, visual, and cognitive attention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, during daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. In a recent year, distracted driving conduct resulted in the following staggering numbers:

  • 3,450 deaths
  • 391,000 injuries

Determining Negligence

In a legal context, negligence may be defined as a failure to act with the ordinary prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. To prove negligence, you must show that:

  • There was a legal duty of care.
  • The defendant failed to exercise that duty.
  • That failure to exercise care caused the accident and injuries sustained.
  • You suffered damages as a result of the accident.

In the state of Florida, there may be multiple factors contributing to a wreck under pure comparative negligence laws. You are awarded damages in proportion to the percentage of fault for the accident assigned to yourself and the other driver. For example, if your damages total $100,000 and you are assigned 10% of the fault for the accident, your recovery will be reduced accordingly to $90,000. A driver who is texting or talking on the phone at the time of an accident may be found to have been negligent and all or largely at fault.

Damages You May Be Able to Recover

After an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to recover compensatory damages. These damages fall under two categories:

  • Economic damages: This includes past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any tangible damages with a definable dollar amount.
  • Non-economic damages: This category includes non-tangible damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.

Contact Us Today

Texting while driving and all forms of driver distraction present a serious threat to motorists on the roadways every day. If you have been hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver, get in touch with Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC today. Our Pasco County personal injury attorneys understand that it may be a difficult time after a distracted driving accident. We offer a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case before proceeding.

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