Although texting and driving is prohibited under state law, individuals throughout the state continue to text while in the driver’s seat. There is no excuse for this reckless behavior. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident because of a distracted driver, you can hold that driver financially liable for the harm they have done to you.
Money cannot make up for the trauma of a life-changing injury, but it can help you pay off medical bills and any other debt that resulted from the accident. Moreover, having the at-fault driver answer for their negligence and recklessness in a court of law can provide you with closure and peace of mind, as they will most likely not engage in the same behavior going forward.
Work with a Team of Experienced Litigators
Backed by over 150 years of collective experience in personal injury and wrongful death law, our Jacksonville trial attorneys at Spohrer Dodd are fully equipped to handle every facet of your texting and driving case. We will aggressively advocate for you, ensuring that you are not ignored or stuck with a lowball insurance payout. Together, our qualified legal staff — including our in-house doctor — will fight to recover you the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. To date, we have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients through our tailored approach to litigation.
Call a Jacksonville texting and driving accident lawyer today at (904) 637-7721. Your initial consultation is provided free of charge!
Filing a Texting and Driving Accident Lawsuit
To file a lawsuit over a texting and driving injury, you will need to do so before the statute of limitations runs out. This is the most important legal deadline to meet, as any suit filed after it passes will be considered invalid.
Per the state’s statute of limitations, Jacksonville residents have four years from the date of the texting and driving accident to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries. If the lawsuit is being brought forth over the fatal injury of a loved one, this window of time is shortened to two years.
There may be additional deadlines to meet, so do not wait to consult an attorney. Spohrer Dodd offers free consultations to individuals injured by another party’s negligence. We will help you determine which deadlines apply to your case, as well as answer any questions you may have about litigation and provide you with a case valuation.
Damages You Could Recover
Losses experienced as a result of an accident are referred to as “damages” in legalese. Damages can be economic, such as medical expenses, or non-economic, like a loss of quality of life. Accident victims can only recover compensation for the damages they can prove they have suffered, which is why it is best to hire a lawyer to help you do so effectively.
Typically, texting and driving accident victims qualify to recover compensation for one or more of the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Medical treatment
- Short- and long-term disability costs
- Rehabilitative care
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
State Laws on Texting and Driving
Florida Statutes § 316.305 bans all forms of messaging on a handheld device when driving. This includes “manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device.” It is, therefore, prohibited to text, email, and instant message while behind the wheel.
There are a few exceptions to this law. For instance, drivers operating autonomous vehicles are permitted to use handheld devices if the self-driving system is engaged. Exceptions applicable to a greater population of drivers include the right to use handheld devices to contact law enforcement in emergency situations, for wireless communications (as long as the driver does not need to manually enter or read digital text), and for directions (e.g. navigation apps).
How a Jacksonville Trial Lawyer Can Help
Spohrer Dodd is dedicated to helping plaintiffs pursue claims against the parties that injured them. Our trial lawyers will help you, as we help all of our clients, from case preparation to resolution, taking care of:
- Accident reconstruction;
- Medical record investigation;
- Consultations with industry experts, such as auto engineers;
- Courtroom representation;
- Settlement negotiations with the defense;
- And more.
Legal action does not have to be tiring. Our aim is to recover the maximum compensation you deserve without placing an unnecessary burden on your shoulders. When you work with our firm, our qualified legal staff will handle all the legal complexities and red tape on your behalf.
Take the first step toward your recovery — contact a Spohrer Dodd attorney online today.