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Florida laws aim to stop dangerous texting and driving

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

A new texting and driving law went into effect in Florida over the summer. Drivers need to ensure that they know precisely what is allowed now. One of the significant points to recognize is that the new law makes using a cellphone while you drive a primary offense. This means that officers can pull vehicles over based on seeing this happen.

While most people know that the law covers more than just texting, some need a reminder that it also encompasses checking emails, sending any type of message or doing anything that requires you to type multiple characters into the phone.

For now, drivers can still speak on the phone while they drive. This is coming to a partial halt as of Oct. 1 when it becomes illegal to use a handheld communication device in a construction zone if there are workers present or in a school zone. The rollout of this change is happening gradually. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, police must issue warnings. On Jan. 1, 2020, the officers can give out tickets.

Using a cellphone while driving is a perilous decision. There is a chance that drivers could cause accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries or fatalities. While this section of Florida laws does increase safety, it doesn’t take away the hazard altogether.

Individuals who are struck by a driver who was texting or using a phone have the option of seeking compensation for the damages they have due to their injuries. Medical care costs, lost wages and similar expenses are all factored into the case. If you have an injury that’s the result of a negligent driver, get your claim filed quickly so the time limit to do so doesn’t pass you by.


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