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Did Florida Ban Texting and Driving?

Posted by: Jimmy De La Espriella
Category: Personal Injury Blogs

The quick answer would be no. Florida did not ban texting and driving. Although now it is a primary offense if caught, it is not outright banned. Drivers can still look at maps, directions, or anything that can supplement driving. Looking at texts, typing, emailing, etc is now considered a primary offense. 

Basically, a police officer can arrest you for even just the suspicion of texting and driving. There will be a $30 fine for first time drivers, and if you are caught again, then you will be charged a $60 fine with points taken off your drivers’ license.

The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

Texting and driving is considered all 3 of the categories of distracted driving. 

The 3 categories of distracted driving are visual, manual, cognitive. 

Distracted driving in the visual category is taking your eyes off the road. Distracted driving in the manual category is taking your hands off the wheel. Distracted driving in the cognitive category is taking your mind off the road. Texting and driving can possibly put you as a distracted driver under all 3 categories. Having to pick up the phone with one of your hands will manually distract you. Then, to respond to the text, you have to think of what to say, which will most likely take your mind off the road. And then to read the text, you would have to momentarily take your eyes off the road. 

Now you see why texting and driving is so dangerous. It can potentially distract in 3 different categories and put you at major risk to be a victim of a car accident. 

Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Miami for Car Accidents in Miami

A personal injury lawyer is someone that can provide legal guidance for your injuries that were caused by negligence from a distracted driver.

Negligent driving and distracted driving are the leading causes of car accidents in the USA, specifically Miami.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident that caused severe injuries and feel like it was caused by negligent driving, give us a call. We can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. 

Personal injury lawyers in Miami start you off with a free consultation so we can hear your side of the story and see how we can help you.

From there, we will immediately start gathering evidence like medical bills and photos to build you a strong case.

Remember, we don’t win until YOU win.

Author: Jimmy De La Espriella