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Florida Texting While Driving Law in Effect

Florida Texting While Driving Law in Effect

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 effectively. We can meet you within 24 hours, even if we have to come to the hospital! Over the past several years, we have obtained millions on behalf of our clients. Recognized by the Florida Bar, Avvo, and Tampa Bay Magazine, Roman & Gaynor has received advanced certification from Martindale-Hubbell®. For the proven legal representation, you can count on, contact our team of experts today!

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