Texting while driving is not only prohibited by Florida law, but also the subject of distracted driving campaigns launched by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Those are two reasons why readers may associate the term distracted driving with using a cell phone behind the wheel.
However, a recent article reminds us that any type of mental or physical activity that diverts a driver’s eyes and mental focus from the road can result in negligent and distracted driving, often with tragic consequences. According to local authorities, a 36-year-old driver traveling in a Kia Forte on North Blue Angle Parkway became distracted and crossed over into the lane of oncoming traffic. The driver collided with an oncoming Jeep Grand Cherokee, which overturned and crashed into a third vehicle, a Chrysler 200. The driver and passenger in the Jeep were trapped until the Escambia County Fire Rescue extricated them. Fortunately, everyone involved suffered only minor injuries.
Authorities have ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors in the crash. The driver was traveling alone, and it does not appear that she was using her cell phone at the time of the crash. Authorities have cited an internal distraction as the apparent cause and charged the driver with failing to drive in the proper lane.
A motor vehicle accident can change your life in seconds. Unfortunately, the repercussions may not be as fleeting. Although today’s story involved only minor injuries, others are not as fortunate after a crash. If you have suffered serious or long-term injuries and financial consequences after a crash, consult with an attorney to review your options. If another driver was at fault, you deserve to seek financial compensation. An attorney can fight for your rights by filing a civil lawsuit.
Source: weartv.com “Four injured in Escambia County three-vehicle crash,” Kristie Henderson, Oct. 2, 2016