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Florida Texting Ban One Step Closer To Passing

The United States Department of Transportation has had many advertising campaigns devoted to increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. These campaigns were designed to encourage states to pass their own bans prohibiting texting while driving or the use of hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel. Many jurisdictions have laws in place dealing with these issues, but Florida so far has not passed any such legislation.

However, with a new legislative session currently underway, state law may be changing. A recent proposal that would make texting while driving illegal has passed the state senate, and is awaiting a vote in the house. If the ban passes, it could go a long way toward reducing the number of deadly accidents caused by distracted drivers.

The bill would make texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning that motorists cannot be pulled over solely for texting; they must be committing additional traffic violations. First-time offenders would receive a fine of $30, which could increase for repeat offenses.

Critics of the bill contend that the law would not go far enough in addressing the issues created by distracted drivers. In many other locations, these laws are primary offenses, which allow police to make traffic stops if motorists are observed texting while driving, and also carry much higher fines.

Florida is currently one of the few states which do not have any sort of texting while driving legislation, even for younger drivers. Many jurisdictions do not allow novice drivers to text or use cellphones while driving because they need to keep their complete attention on the road and other vehicles.

It is unknown exactly how many accidents can be attributed to distracted driving, because many law enforcement agencies are not actively tracking this in their reports. It may only be noted if the motorist volunteers that he or she was distracted prior to the motor vehicle accident that occurred.

Motorists injured in collisions with distracted drivers should discuss their case with an experienced personal injury attorney. It is important to realize that insurance companies may begin calling in an effort to get you to settle your claims as soon as possible, and these companies are not looking out for your best interests.

If you settle prior to knowing the full extent of your injuries, you may be unable to recover the compensation you need to pay your medical expenses. A knowledgeable attorney can help you understand the options that are available in your situation, and allow you to feel confident that you are making the decisions that will help you return to your daily routine.