Texting and Distracted Driving

Injured by a Distracted Driver? We Can Help.

More and more, car accidents are being caused by distracted drivers these days. With our many technologies, including cell phones, GPS devices, television screens, and even the radio, drivers have many potential distractions in the car. And, just as the usage of technology has increased significantly in the recent past, so has the number of accidents that are caused by drivers who are distracted by these technologies. 

Significantly, there has been an increasing number of automobile accidents involving a driver who was texting and driving. In fact, as of October 1, 2013, it is now illegal to text and drive in Florida. The “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law” (SB 52) now makes texting while driving, and emailing while driving, finable traffic infractions. A first violation is considered a non-moving infraction. However, a second or subsequent violation within five years will be considered a moving violation for the purpose of fines and the assessment of points. Notably, the law does not ban the use of a cell phone for browsing the internet or the usage of applications while driving. There is also an exception for use of the GPS navigation feature on a phone. Also of note, the law is considered a secondary offense. This means that a person cannot be pulled over simply for texting and driving. Rather, a person would have to first be pulled over for a primary offense (for example, not wearing a seatbelt, driving with a headlight out, speeding, etc.) before they can be issued a ticket for texting while driving. 

Accidents involving distracted drivers, including drivers who text and drive, require specialized investigation and prosecution. At The Main Law Firm, our attorneys are familiar with these types of cases, and we are experienced in obtaining recoveries for victims of distracted drivers. 

If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted or texting driver, you can schedule a free consultation with one of our Orlando car accident attorneys. Call 407-442-3030 or toll free at 877-MAIN-LAW (877-624-6529), or you can email us to schedule an appointment. All of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay for our services unless we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you.