Distracted driving causes many car accidents in Florida. Needless to say, if a driver is not paying attention to the road it is impossible to see if a car suddenly stops, if one is still driving in their lane, if a pedestrian is crossing the street or other unexpected objects in the road. There are many different things that can distract a driver, but one of the leading forms right now is texting and driving.
Texting and driving is very dangerous and is illegal in Florida. There have been many different campaigns launched to stop people from texting and driving as well. However, despite these efforts, many drivers in Florida still text and drive and cause all types of car accidents.
To help curb this behavior, a state representative has proposed a new bill that would allow police to pull a driver over just for texting and driving. Currently, a person can only be charged with texting and driving if they were pulled over by a police officer for a separate driving offense. The representative stated that as police are able to pull a person over for speeding they should be able to pull a distracted driver over for texting. There are two other bills proposed as well concerning texting. One would increase fines for texting and driving in a school zone and the other would make it a primary offense to text and drive in a school zone, but a secondary offense to send a text from the driver's seat elsewhere.
Texting and driving causes accidents that can be very detrimental to the victim. If the victim suffers serious injury, he or she may incur significant medical bills and may lose wages if they are unable to work. That can have a big impact in both the victim and that person's family, especially if the family relies on the victim's income to pay bills. The victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries as well as any lost wages.
If the bills pass in Florida, they may help curb drivers from texting and driving. Unfortunately, this will not completely stop drivers from texting and there are bound to be more injured victims. Attorneys understand how to obtain the compensation and may be able to help guide one through the process.
Source: Sun-Sentinel, "Bill would raise stakes on texting while driving" Dan Sweeney, November 21, 2014