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Despite Law, Florida Distracted Driving Accidents Persist

In the digital age, smartphones, navigation systems and other gadgets have become ubiquitous companions on the road. There are also numerous potential distractions not related to devices, such as food or personal grooming. However, the temptation to multitask behind the wheel can have devastating consequences, and this dangerous trend seems to be gaining momentum, despite the fines levied on people caught driving while distracted.

Traffic homicide investigator Kylie Martins said distracted driving is getting worse within the state. Florida law prohibits drivers from texting while operating a motor vehicle. This ban includes composing, reading or sending electronic messages, emails or texts. Texting while driving is a primary offense, meaning law enforcement can pull over and ticket drivers solely for this violation, even if the motorist is otherwise in compliance with the law. The aim of this statute to reduce the frequency of accidents caused by distracted driving and promote safer driving habits. 

When traveling through school zones and active work zones, Florida law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices, even for speaking on phone. This restriction aims to protect vulnerable road users, such as children and construction workers, by minimizing driver distractions and enhancing overall safety in these areas. Currently, this ban does not generally extend to areas outside of these zones, but even if someone did not commit a traffic offense, it is possible that their distraction contributed to an accident. 

While there are exceptions to Florida's distracted driving laws, such as using devices for navigation or reporting emergencies, drivers should exercise caution and prioritize safety at all times. Operating a vehicle without complete focus on the road can lead to devastating accidents causing injuries, fatalities and lifelong consequences for victims and their families. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car crash and believe that the other driver’s lack of attention contributed to the collision, it is critical to conduct a prompt, thorough investigation to determine what actually happened. 

At Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh in Sarasota, we're dedicated to advocating for victims of accidents caused by distracted driving and holding inattentive drivers accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is here to provide compassionate support and pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. Please call 941-954-1234 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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