Distracted Driving Accidents: Know Your Rights

Distracted driving is an epidemic nationwide, including in Florida. With the advent of cellphones and mobile devices, distractions abound behind the wheel. Even taking your eyes off the road for a moment can result in catastrophic consequences.

I’m attorney Maria Alaimo, and I’m committed to making a difference for those injured in distracted driving accidents. At my Fort Myers law firm – the Law Office of Maria R. Alaimo, LLC – you will find the attentive representation you deserve after your life has been upended. I understand all the intricacies of car accident cases, and I will apply more than a decade of experience to help you get full compensation.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving includes anything that takes a driver’s attention off the road. Distractions can be:

  • Physical: Anything that involves taking your hands off the wheel or looking away from the road
  • Mental: Anything that diverts your attention from driving, such as talking on the phone or conversing with a passenger

Another word for mental distractions is inattentive driving.

The Dangers Of Distracted Driving

Driving requires our full attention – physical and mental. Distracted driving contributes to an astonishing number of accidents. According to recent data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there are more than 300 distracted driving fatalities and more than 50,000 distracted driving crashes in Florida each year.

Legal Rights Against Distracted Drivers

If you were involved in a crash with a distracted driver, you have several important rights:

  • The right to pursue compensation for your medical bills from your own auto insurance through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage
  • The right to seek additional compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance
  • The right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver in court for negligence

I can advise you on each of these rights in your case.

The Claims Process In Distracted Driving Cases

The insurance claims process in these cases is similar to any other auto insurance claim. However, establishing that the other driver was at fault can be challenging.

How A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Without a lawyer, you risk missing out on significant compensation. I can be your advocate and guide. I will help you gather strong evidence to support your case, and I will protect you from any attempts to unfairly shift the blame onto you. My goal is to get you the full compensation you deserve.

Reach Out For A Free Consultation

I am here to help. Call 239-387-0280 or send me an email to get started.