Florida readers know distracted driving has long been a serious concern for state lawmakers and residents. Distraction significantly increases the chance of an accident, and it is now one of the leading causes for personal injury accidents on the road. Because of the increase in cellphone use and the continued safety concerns over drivers using their phones, lawmakers are considering a complete ban on all forms of distracted driving.
As of right now, texting and driving is a secondary offense in Florida. This means that law enforcement can only pull drivers over and ticket them if they are also committing another offense, such as speeding. A new bill was recently proposed that would make texting a primary offense. The new law would allow for drivers to use hands-free devices and check their phones while their vehicle is not in motion.
The law is in response to the growing reliance that drivers have on electronic devices. There are many things that can distract a driver, including inputting an address in a GPS device or adjusting the radio, but texting and driving is the most common form of distracted driving. The hope is that this law, if passed, could reduce the number of car accidents.
Distracted driving is a form of negligent and reckless driving. People who suffer harm due to another driver’s decision to engage in this type of dangerous behavior has the right to seek compensation for their monetary damages, as well as pain and suffering, through a personal injury claim. A complete evaluation of the individual case can determine what legal options are available to an accident victim.