No one is immune from distracted driving these days. Even if you aren’t texting or calling while driving, it would be hard not to be distracted by the features that newer cars come with. For instance, changing the radio station, fiddling with climate control or using anything but voice controlled GPS systems can each be considered distracted driving.
A recent article in the Tampa Tribune reinforces the idea that any driver can be guilty of distracted driving, and it only takes a moment for these habits to cause an accident. Ryan Leiker was driving down the road, slowing down to make a left turn. He had his blinker on, but the driver behind him wasn’t paying attention and hit the rear of Leiker’s vehicle hard enough to cause an estimated $20,000 in damage.
At first glance, there is nothing unusual about the accident. Dozens of identical accidents occur on U.S. roadways each month, but in this case, the negligent driver was an on-duty police officer.
Leiker Is Suing The Officer And The City For Injuries He Received In The Car Accident
Although no citation was issued to the officer, named Michael Braband, an internal reprimand was processed which confirmed that Braband was at fault in the accident. The reprimand also includes a description of the accident, explaining that Braband received a message on his computer and decided to read the message while driving at 40 miles per hour.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that it is not standard practice to issue driving citations to on-duty police officers. Instead, the matter is handled internally. Interestingly, there was no mention of the computer in the original police report, which may have made the lawsuit more difficult if the reprimand report had not come to light.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Medical bills are expensive, and long-term injuries are costly to treat.
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The Lawsuit Claims Serious Injuries On Top Of The Damage To The Vehicle
Leiker claims that he was treated by his doctor for serious back and neck pain. The original accident report made no mention of the injuries, but that is common. Many victims don’t begin to feel the true extent of their injuries until days or even weeks after their accident.
If you are suffering from injuries that were caused by a negligent driver, we can help. At Wolfson & Leon, we have more than 50 years of experience in Miami courtrooms, and we offer free case evaluations. If you are looking for an accident lawyer in Miami, Call Us At 305-285-1115 Today!