If you were in a car accident caused by a driver who was using a cell phone behind the wheel, you may be eligible for compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and many other economic and noneconomic losses. A Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you take on the other driver and their insurance company and recover the compensation you deserve.
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we are a client-centered firm. We will not farm your case out to an inexperienced associate or support staff. When you choose our firm, you will work one-on-one with a partner to collect the compensation you deserve. We pride ourselves on communication, honesty, and transparency. Our team is the one to work with if you want your lawyer to treat you like family and take the outcome of your case as seriously as you do.
Our injury lawyer for accidents caused by cell phones in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is here to help you. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation, and we never collect a fee until you recover money. To learn more, call our Fort Lauderdale office today at (954) 476-1000.
Car Accidents Caused by Cell Phones in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cell phones have made it easier to do business, keep in touch with family, and even do things like finding a new job or a date for the weekend. Unfortunately, many people have become so attached to their devices that they are incapable of putting them down—even when they are driving down I-95 and should be focused on the road.
While texting and driving is illegal under Florida Statute § 316.305, you might not know it by glancing at the other drivers while navigating through Broward County.
Proving the Other Driver’s Negligence
When cell phone use is a contributing factor to a car accident, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can hold the responsible party liable for the damages that result. First, we must gather evidence to make it clear that the driver was distracted by a cell phone or portable electronic device. This evidence may include (but is not limited to):
- The driver’s cell phone records
- Photo or video evidence
- Eyewitness statements
- Police reports
- Evidence from the phone or device itself
No matter how the collision occurred, by showing that the other driver was distracted by a phone at the time of the accident, we can demonstrate their negligence. Countless studies have made it clear that compared to a motorist who is focused on the road, a distracted driver has a slower reaction time and is more likely to cause an accident.
We have helped drivers recover compensation for many types of motor vehicle accidents involving cell phone use. These include:
When a driver is distracted by a cell phone, they are less likely to notice that the traffic in front of them is slowing down or stopping. When it does finally occur to them, it is often too late, and they cannot stop in time.
It is hard to stay between the lines if you are not paying full attention to where you are going. Drivers can drift out of their lane when they look down at their phones. If another vehicle is occupying the lane, a sideswipe accident may result.
An even worse outcome of a driver drifting out of their lane is a head-on collision, which can result from a distracted driver behind the wheel.
Using a cell phone while driving makes it easier to miss a traffic control device. This can cause a side-impact collision.
Even if the other driver in your accident was distracted by a cell phone or portable electronic device, the police investigation might conclude that you were partly at fault for the collision. If this happens, do not fret.
Under Florida Statute § 768.81, you can often still recover compensation from the other driver, even if you were partly at fault for the accident. Your recovery will be proportionate to the other driver’s share of the fault. We could use the fact that they were distracted by a cell phone to increase their liability share and help you recover a bigger settlement.
No matter how your accident occurred or who you were told was at fault, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers wants to hear from you. Our injury lawyers for accidents caused by cell phones in Fort Lauderdale, FL, want to speak with you. Call us at (954) 476-1000.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers has been helping Fort Lauderdale car accident victims recover substantial settlements for many years. If you were hit by a driver who was distracted by a cell phone, we could help you win a settlement or award that includes money for the following and more:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Avoid Overstepping Florida’s Statute of Limitations
Florida Statute § 95.11 has a two-year statute of limitations on filing a car accident injury lawsuit, but this deadline may be shorter or longer depending on the specifics of your case. That is why you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after being hurt in a car accident. We can sit down with you, let you know what to expect, and go over your legal options. If necessary, we can file a quick lawsuit to keep the statute from expiring.
Call (954) 476-1000 Today for Your Free Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Case Evaluation
Our injury lawyers for accidents caused by cell phones in Fort Lauderdale, FL, are eager to get to work on your case today. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can help you collect compensation. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call us at (954) 476-1000.