Texting And Driving Accident Lawyer in Miami, FL
You've probably seen the commercials and you know that texting, while driving isn't safe. This could have been what caused the accident that landed you in the hospital, force you to take time off work or even claimed the life of someone you love. With the help of a texting and driving accident lawyer in Miami, you can gain financial compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one.
Medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral costs and other financial obligations pile up in a hurry after a serious accident. If the accident was caused due to the negligence of someone else texting, while they were driving, you shouldn't have to pay for all these bills. Their insurance company should compensate you and with the need of an accident attorney in Miami that handles texting and driving accident cases, you can gain full and fair compensation.
Examples of How We Can Help
A settlement of $8.8 million was awarded to the Lopez family as a result of an accident that happened in 2008. While Myriam del Socorro Lopez was driving with her husband, Luis Cruz-Govin was speeding and weaving because he was texting and driving. He crashed into their vehicle and Myriam died on impact. A Miami-Dade jury awarded $8.8 million to the Lopez family and Cruz-Govin was charged with speeding and reckless driving. He was fined $2,000 and lost his license for 6 months.
Other cases, such as the 2007 case involving the International Paper Co. and an Atlanta woman who lost her arm and the 2004 case involving a Virginia attorney and a teenage girl have been settled for multi-millions. In both of these cases, the accident was caused by an employee conducting business through text, while driving.
If your accident has involved someone driving carelessly because they are distracted by text messages they are sending and receiving, a Miami texting and driving accident lawyer can help fight for your compensation. This is a serious matter and many believe texting, while driving should be illegal across the United States.
Why Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers Are in Demand
Due to the invention of the cell phone and later the text message, many young and old drivers text and drive at the same time. They think they can do it without causing an accident, but this has become one of the major causes of serious automobile accidents. Here are some shocking statistics about accidents involving texting and driving.
- Reaction Time - Texting and driving will slow a drivers' reaction time by 35%. Compared to drinking and driving at a 12% slower reaction time, this is nearly triple.
- Distraction-Related Accidents - Over 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries result due to "distraction-related" accidents, which include using a cell phone for texting, surfing the internet or making phone calls.
- Reckless Driving - A texting teenager will spend over 10% of their time outside the lane they are driving in.
- Travel Distance - While answering a text on an interstate, at an average time of five seconds, a vehicle will travel about the length of a football field.
- Likeliness of an Accident - A driver that is texting or using a hand-held device in anyway is four times more likely to cause an accident that injures themselves and other innocent drivers.
It's clear to see that texting and driving should not be done together and it's a very dangerous combination. You may not be able to stop another person from texting and driving, but if you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you can seek financial compensation with the help of a Miami texting and driving accident law firm.
Whom a Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer in Miami Can Go After
You may think that only the individual or their insurance company will be sued by your attorney, but this may not be the case. If your accident involved an employee working for a company, that company may be liable for the damages caused. This falls under to theories of liability: Respondeat superior and Direct negligence.
Basically, respondeat superior holds an employer responsible for the actions of an employee, even if they are driving their own vehicle, if they are conducting business while driving. Direct negligence covers the safety of those around the employees of a company as they conduct business. If the employer should have known or did know that employees were acting carelessly (texting and driving), they can be held responsible for their employees' actions.
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If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of a careless driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. By providing us with a few details about your case, one of our Miami texting and driving injury lawyers will contact you to provide you with a free case evaluation. Get your case started here.