Distracted Driving Accidents

Gainesville Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Representing Victims of Careless Drivers

According to a government-sponsored study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which (at 55 mph) is the equivalent of traveling the length of a football field while driving blind. Unfortunately, a driver that is distracted by another task is far more likely to miss a stop sign, traffic light, slowing vehicle, or pedestrian crossing the street. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that driving while using a cell phone reduced the amount of focused brain activity by 37%. If you've been injured by a distracted driver, seek the advice of legal counsel to protect your right to seek recovery.

At Schackow & Mercadante, our lawyers have represented victims in liability claims following accidents caused by distracting activities, such as:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Texting while driving
  • Personal grooming
  • Trying to read a map
  • Adjusting a radio
  • Talking to passengers
  • Watching TV or video
  • Eating and drinking
  • Using a navigation system
  • Doing paperwork

Why Clients Trust Us

  • Personalized Advice & Concierge Level Experience
  • Direct Communication With Your Attorney
  • Over 125 Years of Combined Experience
  • Practicing in The Gainesville Area 55+ Years

Law of Negligence

It is difficult to believe that a driver will risk the lives of others by engaging in texting or other distracting activities. However, such inexcusable acts are actually becoming very common. Unfortunately, many younger drivers have learned the hard way that inattention can lead to deadly accidents and serious injuries. When a wreck is caused by someone attempting to multitask behind the wheel, the driver's conduct falls below the standards of behavior as imposed by the "law of negligence."

If you or a loved one were injured by a distracted driver, call our office at (352) 261-6767 or contact us online for your free consultation.

Client Testimonials
  • “I am a UF student who got injured on campus and Schackhow and Mercadante handled my case extremely well. Everything was settled in about a year and I highly recommend them for any personal injury case in which you are a victim in any capacity.”

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