On January 1st, Section 316.305 of the Florida Statutes went into effect, allowing law enforcement officers to give you a citation for texting while driving. Section 316.306 of the Florida statute takes the law a step further by punishing those who use a mobile device while driving a vehicle on school property. The same law applies to construction workers operating equipment near a school zone.
These laws have been implemented for good reason. Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of motor vehicle collisions, which can cause serious injury or death.
Distracted Driving and The Other Causes of Motor Vehicle Collisions
What to know about the new distracted driving law in Florida? Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. The age of constant distraction has wreaked havoc on drivers, motorists, and pedestrians who frequent Florida’s roads, so it is no surprise that a new law targets motorists who text while driving with more scrutiny than ever before.
Texting and driving is not the only form of distracted driving. Distracted driving is characterized by a driver taking their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or thinking about anything other than driving. Other forms of distracted driving include:
- Making a phone call
- Looking at or using a handle to adjust the car’s entertainment system
- Turning or taking a hand off the wheel to tend to pets in the vehicle
- Using one or more hands to eat or drink
- Using your phone in any manner, whether it is texting, using social media, checking email, or engaging with other applications
- Turning to engage with other drivers on the road, which is often driven by anger known as road rage
Distracted driving is very dangerous, but it is not the only driving behavior that can cause serious injury and even death. Other behaviors that put other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk include:
- Driving too closely to the car in front
- Changing lanes abruptly or without signaling
- Failing to stop at red lights
- Failing to check blind spots before changing lanes
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic when turning into a busy lane
- Driving too slowly in high-speed areas
There is no shortage of behaviors that can be considered dangerous when driving massive vehicles at high speeds. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an accident where the other motorist acted in a dangerous manner, then you may be entitled to compensation.
A Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Compensation
What to know about the new distracted driving law in Florida is that it was designed to ensure the safety of all parties on the road. If you believe that the motorist who caused your accident put you at risk by engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, call a lawyer. They can kickstart your pursuit of damages while you recover and take care of your daily responsibilities.
Some ways that a lawyer may be able to assist you include:
- Speaking with you in person or over the phone to document your account of events shortly after the accident while your memory is still fresh
- Filing legal action immediately to ensure that your case falls within Florida’s statute of limitations for personal injury or wrongful death claims, which are generally four and two years from the date of the accident, respectively
- If possible, interviewing the defendant in your case in case they offer an admission of wrongdoing
- Collecting evidence of the accident, such as videos, photographs, eyewitness accounts, and police reports
- Handling all legal steps necessary to bring your case to a resolution, whether it is a judgment or settlement
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process, from our initial meeting until a settlement or judgment is complete
A lawyer is an asset that few choose to forego when potential compensation is on the line. Part of their value comes in proving that the defendant in your case acted negligently, and in doing so violated their duty of care.
Possible Damages in A Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim
No two personal injury or wrongful death claims are the same, but there is a range of possible financial awards that could be at play in such cases. Some of these awards may cover:
- The cost of emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
- The cost of any emergency care required because of the accident
- The cost of your hospital stay in the wake of the accident
- Any tests, surgeries, scans, or other procedures required after the accident
- The cost of any long-term rehabilitation, physical or psychological
- The cost of transportation to and from medical appointments
- Lost wages or diminished earning capacity imposed by your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages against the defendant
Additional damages in the case of a wrongful death may include:
- Funeral costs
- Loss of companionship (spouse)
- Loss of parental guidance (children)
- Loss of financial protection
- The cost of medical care given to the deceased
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