While everyone recognizes driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol as dangerous and illegal, there are a number of people that don’t fully understand the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as being any action that takes the driver’s attention away from the road. Texting or otherwise using a cell phone is the most prominent example of distracted driving, but it is by no means the only one. Eating, messing with the air conditioning or radio, leaning back to take care of kids or pets, putting on makeup, or any similar action falls under the category as well.
Florida stands out as a state that is most strict on distracted driving to the point that it is illegal in a few different forms. Most notably, texting while driving is illegal in the state of Florida. The primary reason for this is that it completely takes the driver’s attention away from the road and requires the use of both eyes and hands. The law regarding texting while driving has been more strongly enforced in recent years and you can be pulled over if the police officer suspects that you are texting even if you are using an MP3 player or other music device or tablet.
Additionally, a new law has recently taken effect in Florida that makes it illegal to use any electronic communication device while in a school or construction zone. This includes not only texting, but also talking on the phone or otherwise using a device such as a phone or tablet. While this is for obvious safety in areas where people are often moving, it makes it so that one should be extremely careful while driving with these devices out.
Distracted driving is dangerous behavior that can not only get you a ticket but can easily cause an accident as well. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, there are obvious grounds for you to file and win a personal injury lawsuit to gain compensation for your injuries. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can help you through that process and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.