Florida recently passed a law banning texting while driving

Florida recently passed a law banning texting while driving; unfortunately, there’s a good chance you’ll see quite a few people flouting the new legislation – a law that many of the state’s residents feel doesn’t go far enough in controlling the dangerous behavior.

While the law, signed by Governor Scott just before the start of the summer season this year, makes texting while driving illegal, it still allows drivers to text while they’re at traffic lights or otherwise stopped in traffic. What’s more, texting while driving is only a secondary offense, which means a texting driver can only be fined if they’re first pulled over for a primary offense, like speeding, careless driving or driving through a red light, for example. Even if a driver does receive a ticket for texting while driving, the fine is little more than a slap on the wrist – $30 for a first offense and $60 for a second offense, plus court costs.
Most states with laws banning texting have much stricter legislation, with many considering the practice a primary offense, meaning a driver caught texting while behind the wheel can be pulled over even if he or she is not breaking any other driving laws.
Multiple studies have shown the direct link between texting while driving and serious – often deadly – auto accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that in 2011 alone, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in car accidents that were caused by distracted drivers, including those who were texting while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that at any moment in the U.S., about 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.
Sending or receiving a single text takes the driver’s eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds, which is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blind.
Auto accidents can result in serious injuries and even death, and even a fender-bender can result in significant medical bills. If you’ve been the victim of an accident involving texting, you need to make sure you receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering. Having a lawyer who understands the effects of a car accident is critical to getting all the compensation you deserve. At the Baird Law Group, we specialize in aggressively protecting the rights of accident victims. Contact our office today at 813-849-2679 to learn how we can help.