Distracted Driver Laws in Florida
Modern advances in technology allow us to connect with others on an unprecedented level. At a moment’s notice, we can read about what’s happening in our city or the other side of the world. Within a minute or two, we can locate and reconnect with our best friend from elementary school- a process that would have previously taken years.
However, the tech that has provided so many benefits also created several dangers never seen before. Contemporary advances have also given rise to unintentional dangers on our roadways. One of them is distracted driving.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, driver distractions fall into three categories:
- Cognitive- Thinking about something other than driving
- Visual- Taking your eyes off the road
- Manual- Removing your hands from the wheel
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported over 3,400 people lost their lives in 2016 because they were distracted while they were driving. If you are involved in an accident caused by someone who wasn’t paying attention to the road, contact a distracted driving lawyer in Vero Beach who can help with your case.
Distracted Driving Laws in Florida
April 12, 2017 the Sun Sentinel reported online that Florida ranks second in the number of distracted driving accidents in the country.
In Florida, police officers are not legally permitted to pull over a driver strictly for using their cell phone because texting and driving is not considered what’s known as a “primary offense.” This means that the police must cite other offenses the driver committed before the distracted driving offense (texting) can be added to the ticket.
Unfortunately, Florida is one of the four states where police are not allowed to pull motorists over for texting while driving. The other states are Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Ohio. A bill has been submitted to the Florida House of Representatives to change the law which would make texting while driving a primary offense.
In comparison to other states, Florida’s laws governing this subject are not very strict. Other states have laws that ban all cell phone use while driving unless the driver uses hands free technology. Other states have instituted heavy fines for people who text while they drive or use any electronic device.
Contact an Attorney for Help
Unfortunately, people become the victims of distracted drivers every day. At Vocelle & Berg, LLP in Vero Beach, we closely work with investigators to determine who is at fault, so we can get you the monetary award you deserve. To this end, our team conducts a thorough investigation to establish the cause by speaking to witnesses and acquiring phone records of the individual at fault.
In the past, our extensive experience fighting distracted drivers has allowed us to have incredible success. To see how we can help you, contact us today for a consultation on your case.