Tampa Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Smartphones are now a regular part of daily life. Along with the convenience smartphones bring, there has been an unexpected consequence: Distracted driving has become one of the biggest dangers on roads in Florida and across the country. Drivers are now barraged continuously by text messages, emails, calls, and social media notifications. Unfortunately, the need to constantly stay connected has dangerous results, as distracted driving now contributes to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries across the country every year.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driving car accident in Florida, you have the right to seek justice and compensation for the harm you and your family have suffered. Tampa distracted driving accident lawyer Mark H. Wright can help. Celebrated personal injury lawyer Mark H. Wright has spent more than thirty years helping accident victims recover damages from responsible parties. Mr. Wright prides himself on his dedicated service to his clients, providing personal attention and care that bigger law firms cannot and will not offer. At Mark H. Wright, PLLC, our number one priority is the welfare of our clients, and we fight to make sure they get the compensation they are owed.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts attention from driving. Although texting while driving is one of the more common forms of distracted driving, there are a variety of activities that drivers regularly engage in, which take their focus off of the road. Common, dangerous, distracted driving habits include driving while doing any of the following:
- Eating or drinking
- Attending to hair, makeup, and other grooming
- Texting, instant messaging, or sending emails
- Using social media
- Changing clothes
- Watching videos
- Changing destinations or otherwise focusing on a GPS
Distracted driving puts everyone on the road at risk. When someone responds to a text, they have their eyes off the road, their attention off of driving, and their hands off the wheel. Safety experts estimate that it takes about five seconds to respond to a text message. If a driver is on the highway going 55 mph, responding to a text message is equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. This behavior creates a very real danger for anyone on a Florida roadway. Speak with passionate Florida distracted driving accident lawyer Mark H. Wright if a careless person hurt you or your family by driving while distracted.
Distracted Driving in Florida
Distracted driving is a prevalent problem across the U.S. According to NHTSA, 2,841 people were killed in 2018 from distracted driving-related traffic accidents. Another 390,000 people were injured. Safety experts estimate that distracted driving accounts for a quarter of all car crashes, meaning there are approximately 1.5 million distracted driving accidents nationwide every year. In Florida alone, distracted driving is connected to more than 50,000 accidents and over 200 deaths each year.
Even though most drivers support a ban on phone use while driving, and Florida does have such a law, many drivers admit to having texted while driving. If your family is irreparably harmed by a distracted driver in the Tampa area, personal injury lawyer Mark H. Wright can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call a Dedicated Tampa Distracted Driving Injury Attorney for Help
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver in the Tampa Bay area, you may have the right to monetary compensation. A Florida distracted driving accident attorney at Mark H. Wright, PLLC, is available to hear your case. Our Tampa distracted driving injury legal team is focused on giving personalized, tailored, and compassionate service to our injured clients. If you were hurt in a distracted driving accident in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Plant City, or anywhere in the Tampa Bay area, call us today for a free consultation.