Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors, due to the amount of time it takes a driver’s eyes off the road. It has become such a problem that, in recent years, the state has taken legislative action to attempt to curtail it.
As of 2019, texting and driving is a primary offense in Florida. This means a police officer can pull a driver over for texting while driving if they see it happening. Compare this to a secondary offense, which can only be cause for a citation if paired with a different primary offense that resulted in the traffic stop.
Drivers are allowed to use their phone while driving if reporting an emergency, getting directions, receiving safety information or if not typing something. However, texting while driving is now illegal and could result in fines.
Drivers may not have a phone in their hands while in a school zone or in a work zone if a worker is present.
Distracted driving can make drivers liable for accidents
Driver distraction is one of the most common causes of car accidents, and within driver distraction, texting while driving is near the top of the list of examples. Drivers found to be distracted behind the wheel could be considered negligent and thus liable in any personal injury claims that arise from accidents caused by that distraction.
Drivers should make it a point to clear their cabin of distractions that would take their eyes of the road, as much as possible.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a trusted personal injury attorney in Bradenton, FL at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez and Walsh for legal guidance.