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Florida house bill calls for tougher distracted driving laws

It is no secret that distracted driving has become a major problem in our society. As a result, many Fort Lauderdale residents are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. These victims of distracted driving accidents may then pursue damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

Texting and driving is now one of the leading forms of distracted driving. That is why Florida representative Richard Stark is attempting to improve upon Florida's Ban on Texting While Driving Law. Stark recently filed House Bill 47, which will be evaluated during the regular session in 2017.

Florida's current laws do not allow police officers to pull drivers over solely for distracted driving. Because distracted driving is considered a secondary offense, officers must stop the driver for a primary offense first in order to cite the driver for texting and driving. Stark's bill would allow officers to pull drivers over for distracted driving, even if there is no other offense. The bill also increases enforcement and distracted driving penalties, particularly in school zones.

The Department of Transportation reports that the number of accident fatalities increased in the first six months of 2016, many of which were caused by distracted drivers. These tragedies are the reason that some find it so important to revise current driving laws and make distracted driving a primary offense.

Until changes are made, victims of distracted driving accidents and their families will struggle to recover physically, emotionally and financially. Filing a lawsuit against a distracted driver can help victims pursue compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Click Orlando, "Florida lawmaker calls for stronger texting while driving law," Emilee Speck, Nov. 28, 2016

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