Driver distraction kills more than 3,000 people every year according to a study conducted
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When thousands
of people are killed in the United States every year resulting from one
cause, you could conclude that distracted drivers are an "epidemic."
Fortunately, there is a "cure" for this epidemic.
Florida recently passed a law
banning texting while driving, making it a secondary offense. While we applaud the state's efforts
to reduce the number of distraction-related accidents, we believe that
this legislation might actually be too lenient. A secondary offense means
that law enforcement cannot pull drivers offer for texting and driving
alone. They must have committed another offense such as running a stop
sign, speeding, etc. Also, the fine for texting while driving is just $30.
Distraction doesn't just come in the form of texting or other cell
phone use. Things like eating while driving, changing the music and even
talking to other people in the vehicle can constitute "distraction,"
yet texting while driving is by far the most dangerous.
More than 3,000 people are killed and thousands of others are injured in
accidents caused by distracted drivers. One of the most tragic things
about this statistic is that all these deaths and injuries are
avoidable. Roman & Gaynor stands strong against distracted driving and has taken
the pledge to not text and drive. If you or someone you love has been
involved in an accident caused by a texting or distracted driver, contact
car accident lawyer at our law firm today!