Investigating & Protecting Yourself from Distracted Driving
According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Ralph Pellicer and Jobe Padach died when the truck they were driving in was rear ended by a Hyundai driven by Jennifer McFann. The Florida Highway patrol reported that McFann “failed to stop.”
A “failed to stop” accident is almost always caused by some form of not paying attention. The reasons a driver isn’t paying attention range widely. Just a few examples, changing a radio station, eating lunch, reading a magazine, and, of course, texting.
Using a smart phone is probably the fastest growing cause of these “failure to pay attention accidents.”
In this time of pervasive cell phone use and distracted driving it is more important than ever to practice defensive driving, to assume no one on the road is paying attention.
We also highly recommend purchasing uninsured motorist coverage to protect yourself in the event a distracted driver who causes you harm is also an uninsured driver.
If you are injured in an accident we recommend hiring a law firm that will not simply take the at fault driver’s word for what caused the accident. A comprehensive investigation includes verifying statements, interviewing witnesses and thorough record review.