In Florida, distracted driving is a serious issue. It is a threat to the well-being of every person on the road, and statistics indicate that it is an issue that is not going away any time soon. Despite the fact that most people are well aware of the fact that distracted driving is dangerous, there are a startlingly high number of accidents caused by some form of distraction.
In order to combat this problem and potentially decrease the number of drivers who participate in this dangerous behavior while behind the wheel, lawmakers are considering stricter laws against distracted driving. Soon, there could be harsher penalties for drivers caught texting and doing other dangerous things while operating a motor vehicle.
A harder line against distracted driving
Many states have changed their laws for distracted driving, making it more expensive, even criminal, to engage in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel. Florida is catching up, and there are proposed laws currently making their way through the legislative system. Consider the following about these new proposed changes:
- These changes could make it easier for a law enforcement officer to hold a driver accountable when he or she sees someone texting while behind the wheel.
- Currently, texting is only a secondary offense for Florida drivers. This means that they have to be simultaneously committing another offense in order to get a ticket for texting.
- These changes could make it more expensive to text and drive, which may discourage drivers from texting behind the wheel.
If you are a victim of a distracted driving accident in Florida, you may feel that these changes cannot do anything for you. While nothing can reverse your pain and suffering, you have the right to seek financial compensation through a civil claim against the liable party.
Do you understand your rights and options?
Victims of this type of negligent and reckless behavior have the right to seek compensation from the liable parties through a personal injury claim. This can allow you to recover your financial losses and move forward with your life after a difficult situation.
Knowing your rights is the first step in protecting them. It is helpful to start fighting for your full and fair recovery by seeking a complete evaluation of your case. This simple step can help you understand your options, and you can move forward with the process of holding the right parties accountable for your suffering.