Officials in Palm Beach County are hoping to see a decline in traffic accident deaths this year as they have begun a series of new and improved safety measures designed to make the roads safer for travelers. These measures include placing guardrails along State Road 80, where more than a dozen car accidents have resulted in drownings in nearby waters over the past decade. Local law enforcement officers have also been cracking down on drunk drivers, especially in locations that have historically had high crash rates. Also, high gas prices have contributed to fewer drivers on the road, which in turn has resulted in fewer crashes.
In spite of these new developments, however, authorities say that the current year’s traffic fatalities are keeping pace with those of last year. Among the top reasons that Palm Beach car crashes continue to occur is the high occurrence of a category of activities that is often labeled as “distracted driving.” Distracted driving is a broad term used to describe any situation where the driver is not giving his or her full attention to the road. Common types of distracted driving include texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, applying makeup, changing radio stations, or even talking to passengers while driving.
Our West Palm Beach accident attorney knows that distracted driving occurs all the time in this area and throughout the rest of the state. Unlike many other states, Florida does not have a law that prohibits talking on a cell phone or sending text messages while driving. One need only take a quick look around to see how many drivers are chatting away on their phones while driving, or even worse, repeatedly taking their eyes off the road to type a text message. Drivers like these are the cause of many of the West Palm Beach car crashes that occur every year.
One of the best ways that all drivers can improve safety on the roads is by knowing the dangers and taking them seriously. All too often, there is an attitude of “it won’t happen to me,” and that attitude leads people to downplay the risks involved in their behavior. Only by recognizing that the risks of distracted driving are real for everyone can we really start to reduce the number of accidents that occur every year as a result.
If you have been involved in an accident that you believe may have been caused by distracted driving, you should speak to our West Palm Beach injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. If the person who caused the accident was talking on the phone or texting at the time of the incident, this is easy to prove with cell phone bills and records, and proof of distracted driving can really help to make the case for negligence. Florida does limit the amount of time you have to file a claim after the accident occurs, so please give our office a call today to set up a consultation with Attorney Eric Luckman. He is looking forward to discussing your case with you and helping you get the compensation you deserve.
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