Eating, drinking, texting and talking to our companions are mundane things we do. However, pair them with driving and they become a distraction that can lead to a serious mishap. Thinking that we can multitask while driving is one step closer to an accident waiting to happen.
Even if we think our attention is 100% on the road when driving, there are subtle acts we think are a normal part of driving but are actually distractions. These include checking the navigation system, adjusting the side mirrors and tuning the radio.
What if you find yourself in a distracted driving accident?
A motor vehicle crash results not only in injuries, but also serious financial implications for all involved parties. This includes expenses for medical care and treatment and property damage repairs, among others.
Now, if you are a victim of a distracted driving accident, you have two main options depending on the severity of your injury. First, you can file a claim from your insurance company to compensate for minor injuries. Florida is a no-fault car insurance state so even if the other driver was at fault for driving while distracted, you will have to recover compensation from your insurer instead.
Second, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver for extremely serious injuries, such as permanent disability and loss of a bodily function.
How do you know which option to pursue?
While you are recovering from your injury and other losses, you are in a vulnerable position. Hence, it may be unclear which option you should pursue. Having an experienced attorney review your injuries and overall situation can help you assess the best remedy to maximize your recovery potential.