Trusted Fort Lauderdale Firm Aids Clients Hurt in Texting While Driving Accidents
Skillful Florida lawyers establish fault of drivers distracted by cell phones
Florida law prohibits texting, as well as manually typing on any wireless communications device, while operating a motor vehicle. If you were seriously hurt by a driver who broke the law, the supportive personal injury attorneys at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale are prepared to help you pursue compensation for your medical costs and other damages from the driver whose negligence caused the accident.
Experienced legal team explains penalties for texting while driving in Florida
Texting while driving is a noncriminal traffic infraction in Florida. Penalties for violating the law include fines ranging from $30 to $60, license points and court fees. If the driver ended up in an accident, a citation for texting and driving may establish the driver’s liability for injuries that result. The texting driver also may be ticketed for additional moving violations, such as careless driving.
Florida drivers are allowed to use hands-free devices and can also talk on handheld devices outside a work zone. But even when talking on the phone is legal, it can still be a form of distracted driving.
Many distracted driving accidents involve teens who were texting, emailing or making social media posts from behind the wheel. However, people of all ages engage in this dangerous behavior, wrongly believing they can shoot off a text without compromising their driving abilities.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a driver who was texting or on a phone call, our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys will work to help you obtain appropriate compensation.
Determined Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys help recover damages
Florida uses a “no fault” insurance system, which requires people who are involved in accidents to first seek compensation for medical costs and other expenses from their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. When an accident results in a serious injury, the injured party can also hold the negligent party (or parties) liable for more extensive damages, including pain and suffering and mental anguish.
A serious injury under Florida law is one that consists in whole or in part of:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfiguring
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
When a crash resulting in a death or serious injury is suspected to have been caused by texting and driving, our auto accident attorneys can seek to obtain and review the driver’s cell phone records, search for evidence at the scene of the accident and seek testimony from key witnesses to establish the driver’s fault.
Contact determined Fort Lauderdale texting while driving accident litigators today
The personal injury attorneys at Fazio, DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida help clients hurt in accidents caused by texting drivers to pursue full compensation. As part of our commitment to providing personalized attention, we accept calls at all hours of the day. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our highly qualified attorneys, call (954) 463-0585 or contact us online.