As of October 1, a new Florida texting law went into effect. This law makes
it a secondary offense to
text while driving. In other words, an officer cannot simply pull you over for texting, unless
you have committed another infraction. When another infraction is committed,
an officer can write you a $30 ticket. Many individuals believe this legislation
is not aggressive enough.
Research by the National Safety Council found that there is a cell phone-related
accident every 24 seconds in America, or about 1.3 million times a year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Estimation estimates that using a
phone ups your chances of getting in a crash by 23 times. Some research
indicates that a
distracted driver can be even more dangerous than a
drunk driver, as the mind is distracted for up to a minute and a half after texting.
Most people are not skilled with multitasking, which is why the use of
a cell phone while driving can turn horrific. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,331 people lost their lives in
distracted driving collisions in 2011 and another 387,000 suffered injuries
in these crashes.
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Clearwater & New Port Richey
When a distracted driver causes injury or the
death of a passenger or other driver, he/she can face a personal injury or
wrongful death lawsuit. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone's
gross negligence, or if your loved one was killed as a result of someone's
reckless behavior, you can trust the team at Roman & Gaynor to fight for you.
With 48 years of combined experience, we have handled a wide range of cases
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