Distracted driving is a recurring problem across the nation, but it’s an even bigger issue for the Sunshine State. In 2019, there were 2,928 serious bodily injuries and 271 fatalities as a result of distracted driving.
Unfortunately, this type of driving continues to claim the lives of thousands and injures even more each year.
Shockingly, Florida is home to Interstate 4, one of the most dangerous highways in the country. The 132-mile stretch from Tampa to Daytona Beach has topped the charts for the most dangerous highways list since 2010.
To keep Floridians aware and safe on the roads, Rick Kolodinsky, P.A., experienced Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer is here to educate you on the ins and outs of distracted driving and the types of distracted driving you should be aware of.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) provides a clear definition of distracted driving.
Distracted driving is anything that does the following:
While there are several ways to be distracted while driving, the act of distracted driving itself can be divided into three (3) primary categories.
The three main types of distractions include the following:
Even our daily habits can allow us to participate in distracted driving. Acts such as having pets in the car, smoking, eating and drinking, daydreaming, and even talking to another driver are all single forms of distracted driving.
Even though we can divide distractions into three sections, they often overlap.
For instance, a driver turning around to make sure a child is sitting in a car seat and takes his or her eyes off the road and hands off the wheel is a perfect example of every category of distracted driving in action.
Texting and driving is yet another example of all three categories of distracted driving. Below is a real-life example of distracted driving from this year.
Florida lawmakers have been working hard to put rules in place to prevent distracted driving. The most recent law includes the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law: This law is also known as the Wireless Communications While Driving Law that went into full effect on January 1, 2020. This law requires drivers to put their phones down in order to focus solely on driving.
The Florida Ban on Texting While Driving law was made in an effort to prevent car crashes, improve the safety of Florida’s roads, reduce injuries, deaths, and insurance rates.
Anyone found violating this law will receive a base fine of $30 for a first offense, while a second offense within five years of the first one will receive a base fine of $60 and three points against your driver’s license.
If you’ve been involved in an accident involving distracted driving in Florida, you do not have to shoulder the burden alone. Daytona Beach personal injury attorney Rick Kolodinsky, P.A. is well-qualified to handle your personal injury case with over 30 years of experience.
Let our firm handle your case with professionalism, compassion, and the knowledge needed to pursue full and fair compensation for your accident injuries. Enforcing your rights in an injury case begins with you, so contact us online or give us a call at 386-253-9790 to schedule your free consultation.
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