The Perazzo Law Firm in Miami and North Miami Beach provides helpful advice to those involved in car accidents caused by distracted driving due to cell phone use. Unfortunately, many drivers cannot resist the urge to use their cell phones while driving, whether it is to text, make calls, or listen to messages. This behavior is a significant problem in Florida, where it is the second leading cause of accidents. Although it is considered a moving violation, it is only a secondary offense that can result in a citation after being pulled over for a primary violation. Despite this, the number of accidents caused by distracted driving continues to rise in Miami, resulting in severe injuries. The attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm specialize in representing individuals who have been injured due to negligent cell phone use while driving.
Statistics show that over 1.6 million drivers are involved in accidents every year because of cell phone use while driving, with texting being the primary culprit, leading to approximately 400,000 accidents annually. Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on American roads, and Miami is no exception. When a driver reads or writes a text message, they take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, which is a significant distance when driving at high speeds. Drunk driving while texting is also a major concern, particularly among young drivers who rely heavily on their cell phones to stay in touch with friends. According to the National Safety Council, teen drivers’ chances of getting into an accident increase by 500% when they have friends in the car and are using their cell phones. Shockingly, 10% of all fatal accidents involve distracted cell phone use. Miami’s official reports indicate that approximately 700,000 drivers use electronic devices, including cell phones, headsets, and iPads, while driving every day.
If you become a victim of a car accident in Miami because of a driver’s negligence caused by cellphone use, the driver may deny being on their phone during the accident. Depending on the severity of the injuries, police may take the driver’s phone as evidence. In such cases, the injured party may present a Spoliation Letter to preserve the phone and its contents for trial proceedings. It is advised to seek medical attention immediately and keep records of all treatments received to seek compensation for personal injury or losses. The Perazzo Law Firm suggests purchasing and installing a dash-camera to help prove liability and fault in future accidents. The attorneys at Perazzo Law Firm in North Miami Beach represent victims of car accidents caused by negligent cellphone use while driving.
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