While many states have laws in place that prohibit texting and driving and allow law enforcement to hold distracted drivers accountable, Florida lags behind. Up to this point, Florida does not have very strict laws against one of the biggest issues threatening the health and safety of every driver — distracted driving.
Texting while driving is one of the most common and most dangerous forms of distracted driving. In order to combat the startling trend of accidents caused by this type of behavior, lawmakers in the state have proposed a bill that could toughen existing laws against texting while behind the wheel. A subcommittee recently approved the bill, which could go on to a vote in the future.
A threat to Florida’s drivers
You are likely aware of the serious problem of distracted driving. From talking to a passenger to using a cellphone to inputting an address in a GPS system, there are many things that can take a driver’s attention off the road. Laws against texting and driving are just one way to fight this growing issue. You may be interested in the following facts about this potential legislation and the motivation behind it:
- If passed, this law would allow law enforcement to stop drivers they see texting while driving.
- Texting and driving is currently only a secondary offense in Florida. This means that law enforcement cannot do anything about it unless the driver is also committing another traffic offense at the same time.
- There is hope that by making penalties harsher and increasing awareness, fewer drivers will be likely to text and drive in Florida.
Regardless of the laws that may or may not be in place, drivers are responsible for the decisions they make behind the wheel. If you suffered because a driver acted recklessly or negligently, you have the right to pursue compensation for any damages you experienced.
Your future after an accident
Your accident may have left you confused, overwhelmed and concerned about the expenses you are now facing. You may not know where to begin, but an evaluation of your case can help you understand the options available to you.
If you have grounds for a civil claim, you have no time to lose in seeking the full protection of your rights. Distracted driving is irresponsible and completely avoidable, and you do not have to suffer the consequences alone.