Cell Phones and Car Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

These days, most everyone has a cell phone, it’s just part of belonging to a modern society. People take cell phones with them everywhere they go, and they are trying to cram in more and more tasks in their daily lives by keeping constantly in touch with family, friends, and, sadly, work.

Unfortunately, some people become addicted to being connected, the way others are addicted to drugs and alcohol. And like a drug or alcohol addiction, cell phone addiction leads people to make bad decisions when behind the wheel. A national crackdown on drunk driving has led to fewer drunk driving accidents and an overall decline in car accident-related fatalities, but now cell phone addiction threatens to cause that number to rise again.

According to the department of transportation, using a cell phone while driving is just as likely to cause a car accident as driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, an illegal level of intoxication in Florida. Texting while driving is about six times worse. If someone engages in these risky behaviors while driving, they should be held responsible for the accidents they cause.

If you have been hurt by a driver distracted by cell phone use in the Miami, Florida area, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida for a free case evaluation today.