How Does Distracted Driving Affect Pedestrians?

As important as smartphones are in today’s society, they can also be a menace. Too many people are so engrossed with texting and talking that they’re oblivious to everything around them. even when they’re behind the wheel. Pedestrians often bear the brunt of that negligence. And they can suffer horrible injuries as a result. Florida is already a dangerous state for pedestrians. When you add distracted drivers to the mix, the dangers can get exponentially worse. If you have suffered a severe injury after being struck by a vehicle driven by a distracted driver, the personal injury attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm will be ready to help. Schedule a free consultation by giving us a call at 1-888-CALL-JON or contact us online as soon as you can. Distracted Driving Statistics The risks of distracted driving can’t be overstated. More than 3,000 people needlessly lost their lives in 2020 because of this dangerous behavior. As bad as talking on a phone while driving is, texting is even worse. That’s because it takes a driver’s eyes completely off of the road. When this happens for as little as five seconds at 55 miles an hour, a car can travel 100 yards. Try driving that far with a blindfold over your eyes. it’s basically...

Top 10 Causes of Car Accidents and How You Can Prevent Them

With 15 million drivers on Florida roads, the potential for human error that leads to a car accident is high. Most of these crashes are minor, but when an accident is severe the consequences can be enormous in terms of injuries, damages, stress, trauma, and financial strain. In order to prevent this kind of mayhem, one should always make sure they give the road their full attention while driving, while making sure to obey all traffic laws. Sometimes though, following the law and paying attention aren’t enough. Unfortunately, you cannot assure that other drivers around you are being responsible too. If another driver’s actions or negligence lead to your car accident, you have a right to hold them responsible for your damages. An experienced Florida car accident attorney can help you to file a car accident claim so that you can worry about healing while someone else worries about how you will pay for it. Here are 10 common causes of Florida car accident and how to prevent them the best you can. 1. Distracted Driving There are often multiple distractors competing for drivers’ attention. As a busy driver, you may have felt the pressure to respond to a ringing cell...

Driving While Sick: How Does Illness Impact Driving?

Illness doesn’t just pose a threat to public health. It can also be a matter of road risk. Operating a motor vehicle requires your full attention at all times. Many crashes occur because of distracted driving. So is driving while sick considered distracted driving? Depending on the illness, being sick can lower your reaction times and cause issues behind the wheel. Many cold medicines cause drowsiness, and while driving yourself to work or to the doctor seems like the best idea, it could end in a car accident if you’re not careful. In some places, you may even get fined for driving while ill. Sickness and Distraction Driving while sick is distracted driving no matter how you look at it. Any occurrence that requires you to take your eyes off the road can be categorized as distracted driving. Blowing your nose, or dealing with cold symptoms can be just as distracting. When you sneeze, you close your eyes and may even lose control of your vehicle. If you’re really sick, you could sneeze multiple times within a short distance, making for a dangerous drive. Not only does driving while sick put you at risk for an accident, but it also puts pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers on the...

Self-Driving Cars and Liability

What once seemed like a feature in a sci-fi movie is now becoming a reality. Nineteen companies intend to have self-driving cars on the market in the next year. The future of driving lies in this technology. It is already used in cars and trucks in some limited capacity. It’s likely you’ll share the road with automated vehicles, or drive one yourself, sooner than later. The prospect of getting drunk drivers, distracted parents, and inexperienced teens out of the driver’s seat is appealing to many. For now, the technology is far from foolproof. Who is Liable for a Self-Driving Car Accident? Self-driving cars are designed to sense the environment and move safely with little to no human interaction. Even when they become fully automated, drivers won’t necessarily be 100% free of liability. As with any car accident, vehicle owners may be at-fault for a variety of reasons, including failure to upkeep their cars. Drivers aside, self-driving cars come with other complications. Manufacturing companies are often blamed when a faulty part malfunctions in a human-operated vehicle. But several companies are responsible for the technology that goes into modern vehicles. Lawsuits involving multiple parties in these accidents are likely to be especially lengthy and detailed. Five Eras of...

Self-Driving Cars and Liability

What once seemed like a feature in a sci-fi movie is now becoming a reality. Nineteen companies intend to have self-driving cars on the market in the next year. The future of driving lies in this technology. It is already used in cars and trucks in some limited capacity. It’s likely you’ll share the road with automated vehicles, or drive one yourself, sooner than later. The prospect of getting drunk drivers, distracted parents, and inexperienced teens out of the driver’s seat is appealing to many. For now, the technology is far from foolproof. Who is Liable for a Self-Driving Car Accident? Self-driving cars are designed to sense the environment and move safely with little to no human interaction. Even when they become fully automated, drivers won’t necessarily be 100% free of liability. As with any car accident, vehicle owners may be at-fault for a variety of reasons, including failure to upkeep their cars. Drivers aside, self-driving cars come with other complications. Manufacturing companies are often blamed when a faulty part malfunctions in a human-operated vehicle. But several companies are responsible for the technology that goes into modern vehicles. Lawsuits involving multiple parties in these accidents are likely to be especially lengthy and detailed. Five Eras of...

Florida’s New Texting and Driving Law Explained

Much to the delight of parents and older generations, but to the dismay of many younger folks, the laws regulating texting while driving in Florida have been made stricter, largely due to the daunting correlation between deaths and texting while driving.  Texting while Driving: From Secondary Offense to Primary Offense The laws have been advanced to the point where texting and driving is now a primary offense versus a secondary offense, and this transition is scheduled to happen on July 1, 2019.  This law will bring Florida on board with 44 other states who have already qualified texting and driving as a primary offense. Everyone knows that texting while driving isn’t ideal and that it is inherently dangerous, but in the past, little was done to enforce the action.  Rick Scott signed a bill in 2013 that made Florida the 41st state to prohibit texting while driving; however, as a secondary offense, cops couldn’t pull over drivers breaking this law unless they were first violating another, more severe law, such as running a red light or rear-ending someone.  Now, with texting and driving being a primary offense, officers can pull over people who are texting and driving and issue them a ticket.  Additionally, this law also places...