CELL PHONE USE AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
In Miami, just like in most modern cities around the world, texting and driving, as well as using cell phones for social media purposes such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, Waze, etc., are leading to traffic accidents that involve bike riders, joggers, pedestrians and other motorists. Most of these cell phone related accidents usually lead to injuries, damages and losses to innocent individuals that fall victim to negligent drivers. Cell phone related accidents in Miami have risen dramatically over the past five years and are soon to take top spot when it comes to negligent or reckless driving, surpassing drunk driving as the leading cause of traffic accidents. In Miami and throughout Florida, motorist that uses their cell phone while driving to text, chat, or even use Waze, for example, are placing their well-being and the lives of others at risk of of falling victim to injuries, damages and losses. The Perazzo Law Firm knows that not all cell phone related accidents have drivers at fault for accidents, given that bike riders, joggers, and pedestrians also use their cell phones negligently while partaking in their activities while sharing avenues, streets and roadways with motorists. Many times, pedestrians cross avenues and streets while looking down at their phones without paying attention to motorists approaching, many of whom may also be distracted by negligent cell phone use. In Florida, a set of laws have been passed to help curve the growing trend of cell phone use behind the wheel. Texting and driving is now considered illegal and subject to fines and even jail time. When a traffic accident occurs and the motorist that caused the accident is found legally at fault for the accident due to negligent cell phone use, either through eyewitness testimony or through an insurance claim that leads to an investigation by insurance providers or attorneys, legal action will ensue and lead to economic implications that may have a short or long term effect on their lives. Following a cell phone related accident in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm strongly suggests hiring a trusted attorney to handle an insurance claim for compensation on behalf of the victim.