What to Do: Vehicle Accident Caused by a Distracted Driver

Distracted driving?

The non-profit National Safety Council (NSC) states that “multitasking is a myth”, especially in the context of using a cellphone and driving.  Why, you ask?  Studies indicate that drivers become distracted and have slower reaction time.  Click here for more information on distracted driving.

In Florida, even though talking on a cellphone while driving is legal, Florida has banned texting and driving.

Were you or a loved one in a car accident and suspect that the other driver was distracted and using a cellphone while driving?

If you were in an accident and believe the other driver was talking, gaming, or texting while driving, then data points about the accident will be very important to prove your case.  However, before you do anything to build your legal case, your priority should be to seek emergency medical attention if you sustained injuries.

Immediately after the accident, do this!

After the accident, immediately contact the police and request EMS/Fire Rescue if you are hurt.  Be sure to ask for the police accident report and case number.

In addition, take photos of the vehicle damage and the positioning of the vehicles (including license plates).  Take notes on what happened (including what you observed related to cellphone use), the road conditions, and vehicle condition, and information related to the accident.  Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses.  If a witness observed the other driver using his or her cellphone prior to or during the accidents, ask him or her what they saw and take notes.  If your injuries are severe and you are unable to document the accident, see if someone else is able to do so for you.

Next, contact an experienced Personal Injury attorney at Goldman and Daszkal, at (954) 428-9333.  Subsequently you should contact your insurance company to report that you were in a vehicle accident.  Set up your claim by providing a summary of the accident and location of your injury but DO NOT allow them to take a recorded statement.  Don’t discuss the accident details nor fault with anyone else including insurance companies, other attorneys, and friends.

When you meet with your attorney, bring your photos, notes, witness contact information and statements, case number, police accident report, and any communications you received from insurance companies.  Additionally, bring any bills related to EMS, hospitals, healthcare professionals, medicines or medical treatment that you received since the accident as well as damage estimates or receipts from vehicle repairs.  Then, your experienced attorney will put together a strategy to navigate the complexities of the legal system and determine 1) if the other driver was negligent, 2) how to build a strong legal case, and 3) obtain any compensation to which you are entitled.

In Summary

If a driver causes an accident because he or she is playing a game or texting while driving, the driver may be considered negligent and should be held accountable for his or her actions.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to a distracted driver, call the reputable attorneys at Goldman and Daszkal at (954) 428-9333.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.