Here are the answers to some of the questions we hear the most about distracted driving.
What are the most common types of accidents caused by texting & driving?
The most common types of accidents caused by texting and driving involve those to pedestrians and rear-end collisions.
What types of injuries are often sustained in rear-end collisions?
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)
- Carpal Tunnel Injuries
- Injury to Ankles and Knees
- Airbag Injuries
Is it against the law to text and drive in the State of Florida?
Florida’s texting and driving ban officially took effect on October 1, 2013, making it unlawful to text and drive. However, the law defines texting and driving as a secondary offense, which means that to be pulled over; the offender must be caught committing another type of driving infraction.
How do I take the “No Texting and Driving” pledge?
Taking the pledge requires turning your cell phone off and putting it somewhere out of reach, preferably in your glove box or backseat while you are driving.
I Pledge To:
- Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
- Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
- Encourage friends and family to drive phone-free.
To take the pledge, go to: http://www.distraction.gov
What immediate steps should I take following an auto accident?
- Immediately check the scene for emergencies and injuries: The first thing you need to do at the scene of the accident is to make sure there are no emergency situations. Check the passengers and the drivers of all of vehicles involved to be sure there are no life-threatening injuries.
- Contact the police so an accident report can be filed: It is essential to your case that you file an accident report to establish that the car accident occurred. In the accident report, law enforcement will include the following information: insurance information, contact information, diagrams of the accident, witness testimonies and whether any accident victims were taken to the hospital. All of this information will be crucial to your case if it ends up going to court.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the parties involved: You will need to exchange the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address, Policy Holder, Policy Number, Driver’s License Number, Make and Model of Vehicle, Vehicle Registration and License Plate Number. It is important to get the contact information of any bystanders who may have witnessed the accident.
- Document damage done to your vehicle: Take out your Smartphone and take pictures of the damage done to your car. This will be valuable evidence in your accident claim.
- Speak with an experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorney: You should seek legal counsel immediately following an auto accident, particularly if you have been injured. An experienced Orlando auto accident attorney can guide you through the compensation and accident claim process. Everything you do and say at the scene of the accident can be used later in court. Your attorney can best advise you on who to speak with, what to say, what not to say and the information you need to obtain before you leave the scene of the accident.
- Seek medical attention: Many accident victims make the mistake of believing their aches and pains will go away following a car accident. In Florida, it is particularly important that you seek medical treatment immediately following your accident. A recent bill passed by Florida legislation requires accident victims to seek medical attention within 14 days of their accident to receive personal injury protection (PIP) medical benefits.
More Distracted Driving Resources
- Eleven Steps to Take Immediately After an Auto Accident – From LawFirms.com
- After a Car Accident: First Steps – From FindLaw.com
- Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Shocking Stats & Tips for Staying Safe – From LongIsland.com
- Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel – From Apple Insider
- Apple’s iPhone ‘lock-out’ patent could end texting while driving – From theguardian.com
Distracted Driving Can Be Prevented
We want our Central Florida roads to be safer. Join us in making an effort to reduce distracted driving and please use caution on the road and be alert for other distracted drivers.
If you have been in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver call us right now at 407-422-4529 and put our team of Orlando Auto Accident Attorneys to work for you.