Skilled Tampa Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Fights for Plaintiffs
Established Florida firm pursues damages for people hit by distracted drivers
Distracted drivers are a menace on Florida roads, causing serious and fatal accidents that negatively affect the lives of victims and their families. With locations in Tampa and Clearwater, the Law Offices of Bill Dickey, P.A. represent drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians who wish to recoup the costs of accidents caused by distracted drivers. Our attention to detail, vast experience in local courts and focus on achieving full and fair compensation have earned us positive reviews from clients and members of the legal community.
Texting while driving and other distractions can lead to accidents
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a thousand people across the country are injured each day in crashes caused by texting and other distractions.
Any behavior that takes a driver’s attention off the road can be classified as distracted driving, which can fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Manual — Eating, drinking, using handheld devices and tending to passengers are all instances where drivers remove their hands from the wheel. Texting is among the most prevalent forms of manual distracted driving, despite a Florida law making it illegal to read from or type into any type of wireless communications device while behind the wheel.
- Visual — Drivers who allow their eyes to wander may miss crucial visual cues on the road in front of them. Looking out at scenery, turning to talk to passengers and rubbernecking are forms of visual distracted driving.
- Cognitive — A driver’s mind can stray if they are deep in thought or paying attention to the radio or a podcast. Or they may be blasting music so loud that they don’t hear what is going on outside their car.
While drivers under the age of 20 are involved in fatal distracted driving crashes more often than any other age group, people at many different stages of life can be victims of such accidents.
Accomplished attorney uses strategic approaches to prove driver negligence
If you were hurt in a distracted driving crash, our firm can help you understand the ways in which the driver at fault may be held accountable for your financial losses.
Florida’s “no fault” car insurance system requires that any person who is injured in a car accident initially seek compensation for medical care and lost income through their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. However, if you suffered a “serious injury,” you can sue the at-fault driver for more extensive damages, including pain and suffering.
In order to qualify as “serious” under Florida law, an injury must involve one of the following:
- Significant disfigurement
- Substantial full disability for at least 90 days
- Significant limitation of a body function or system
- Permanent limitation of use of a body part
- Broken bones
To hold a distracted driver liable, you must prove that their negligence directly caused or contributed to your injuries.
We take an aggressive stance against drivers and insurance companies that try to avoid paying fair damages. We may demonstrate a driver’s negligence by collecting witness testimony, securing CCTV footage, showing activity in cell phone records or using photographic evidence from the accident scene. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work fighting for you.
Contact a trusted Florida distracted driving accident attorney for a free initial consultation
With locations in Tampa and Clearwater, the Law Offices of Bill Dickey, P.A. help victims of Florida distracted driving accidents recover medical expenses, lost wages and other types of damages. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney, call us at 813-835-3800 or contact us online.