Many people believe ‘distracted driving’ is limited to texting and cell phone use while driving. However, another common type of distracted driving is personal grooming while behind the wheel. Drivers who are distracted by fixing their hair, changing clothes, applying make-up and shaving cause many accidents. Many of these accidents are minor, such as a rear-end collisions, mostly due to the fact that the driver is going at a low speed. If drivers are participating in personal grooming while driving at a high speed, the accident can be very serious or fatal to others. Just last year it was reported that 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver.
Florida operates under a no-fault system when it comes to car accidents. The Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Law requires Florida drivers carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage and a minimum of $10,000 in property damage liability. As a result, many Florida drivers are not fully compensated by their insurance companies for all of the damages they suffer in a car accident. It is not uncommon for an injury suffered in an automobile accident to accrue medical bills alone of $15,000 or more. If this has happened to you or a loved one, your best option might be to file a lawsuit against the other driver who was participating in distracted driving. The damages you can be compensated for include: medical treatment, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, property damage, etc.
Florida State Laws
The State of Florida has not yet placed a ban on distracted driving. In fact, Florida’s Preemption Law prohibits localities from enacting distracted driving bans. Most states have banned all facets of distracted driving while some have bans on certain age groups using cell phones or public transportation drivers using cell phones. However, Florida has yet to enforce any such laws. One of the reasons Florida has failed to pass any legislation on a distracted driving ban is because it is difficult to prove someone has participated in something that distracted them behind the wheel.
Proving Your Case
Personal grooming while driving puts everyone on the road at risk of injury. If another driver has caused an accident that has resulted in an injury because they were grooming, the distracted driver should be held accountable. Although you might know the other driver was applying make-up or combing their hair, you will need proof to establish negligence in court. You should hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you prove your case. If the other driver will not admit to distracted driving, your personal injury attorney will need to gather evidence. Your attorney will search for traffic cameras, police statements, eyewitness statements, etc. One reason you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately is because there might also be incriminating evidence visible in the vehicle that proves the driver was grooming, such as an open make-up bag or a hair brush.
Knowledge Equals Power in Orlando Auto Accident Cases
Distracted driving can be difficult to prove in court. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury as the result of an automobile accident with a distracted driver, you need to contact an experienced Sanford Accident Attorney. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in more detail.