Distracted Driving Lawyer in Orlando, FL

Distracted Driving in Orlando, Florida

Across America, distracted driving has become a considerable problem facing motorists. Orlando, Florida, has become a top offender in this scenario, according to recent statistics. EverDrive’s Safe Driving Report named Florida the number two state for distracted driving accidents, right behind Louisiana.

Anyone who is involved in a collision with a distracted driver has the right to seek compensated for their injuries and other damages. It’s important to obtain the help of a skilled personal injury attorney who can help.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds like — a person behind the wheel driving while they are immersed in something else. There are a number of ways in which a driver might be abstracted on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving involves any action that takes the driver’s attention off the road.

The following actions are all considered forms of distracted driving:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Applying makeup
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading
  • Using social media apps or websites
  • Using GPS
  • Talking to others in the vehicle
  • Taking photos or videos with a smartphone
  • Fiddling with the vehicle’s stereo
  • Checking on or attending to kids or pets

Often, a combination of activities can occur, which is a potentially deadly situation when you’re behind the wheel of a car.

Recent Case Result

The Umansky Law Firm represented a retired executive that suffered severe injuries as a result of an automobile accident. Before the accident, our client was under the care of a cardiologist for a pre-existing heart condition. Due to the injuries he suffered during the accident, our client had to undergo neck surgery. After the surgery, while in the post-operation area, our client suffered a heart attack. The insurance company argued that our client had pre-existing degenerative changes in his spine and was in his late sixties. After thorough investigation and negotiation, we convinced the insurance company that the stress of the neck surgery caused the heart attack and that the neck surgery was directly related to the accident. Our client was awarded $275,000 in full coverage limits from the at-fault insurance company and from our client’s uninsured motorist insurer.verdicts & settlements page.

Florida’s Texting While Driving Laws

Florida is now currently one out of only five states that do not allow officers to pull drivers over for texting, or other absent-minded behaviors. In Orlando, an officer may only pull over a preoccupied driver if they notice other offenses, and only then can distracted driving be added as a citation. Texting is considered a secondary offense in Florida, although there is a bill sitting in the House that aims to make it a primary offense.

The exception to the rule is the distracted driving of a tractor-trailer, which is considered a primary offense in Florida. The driver may be subject to fines if caught.

Regardless of legalities, if an inattentive driver causes an accident, the driver can be considered responsible and held liable for any damages.

Anyone injured because of distracted driving has the right to seek compensation for:

  •   Medical bills incurred from injuries
  •   Vehicle damage
  •   Property damage
  •   Pain and suffering
  •   Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Each case is different, and victims may be eligible for compensation for reasons other than the ones listed above. An experienced lawyer will investigate each and every specific case to make sure that distracted drivers are held liable for the damage they have caused.

Contact a Distracted Driving Accident Attorney

To schedule a free initial consultation with an Orlando auto accident attorney at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us through this website or call (407) 228-3838. We provide free consultations and case reviews. Our attorneys will not charge until we win your case!

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Battery

Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

Unlawful Speed

Dismissed

Failed to Yield at Intersection

Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication

Granted

Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Charges dropped

VOP for DUI

Reduced to reckless driving

Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21

Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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Recent Personal
Injury Settlements

$125,000

Scooter Accident

$275,000

Car Accident

$100,000

Car Accident

$300,000

Government Liability Case

$100,000

Back Injury

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