Among the many variations of distracted driving, texting and driving remains one of the most dangerous. According to Distraction.gov, nearly 3,200 people were killed and 431,000 were injured last year due to crashes involving distracted motorists. These statistics underscore the importance of educating Florida residents on the dangers of cell phone usage while operating a motor vehicle.
It's illegal in Florida
Fines of between $20 and $400 are charged for each violation. Subsequent offenses carry more expensive fines. Considered a primary law in Florida, suspicion of texting and driving will get you pulled over by law enforcement officer. Police do not need another reason to stop you. They can then issue a citation based on what they saw and reported.
Importance of Concentrating on the Road
Driving a motor vehicle requires 100% concentration. When drivers look down at their phones, their eyes are off the roadway for as much as the length of a football field. Rather than wait until it’s safe to reply, many recipients of text messages risk it while driving, putting other motorists and pedestrians; lives at risk. This type of irresponsible driving often results in a personal injury lawsuit. To avoid this type of scenario completely, drivers should put away their cell phones until they’ve arrived at their destination.
Not only do drivers put their lives in danger every time they text behind the wheel, they endanger the lives of their passengers, other motorists and pedestrians in jeopardy. National campaigns like Distraction.gov seek to inform the public about the dangers of texting and driving in an attempt to prevent tragedy.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash caused by someone who couldn’t wait to reply to a text message, you might be entitled to significant compensation from the negligent party. Call a lawyer who specializes in auto wrecks as soon as possible to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and discover your options.