Chalik & Chalik – Florida Legislators Say Strengthening Distracted Driving Law Would Help Prevent Car Accidents
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2016 – Texting while driving is known to cause car accidents, and it is illegal in Florida.
However, it is not a primary offense, which means that a police officer must observe drivers breaking some other law, such as speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, in order to pull them over and ticket them for texting while driving. Some state legislators say it is time for that to change. Three state senators have sponsored three separate bills to strengthen distracted driving laws in Florida.
“It is horrible to realize that so many people are killed and injured as the result of something as unimportant as a text message,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers. “When people are injured, or family members are killed, as the result of another driver’s negligence, they can and should seek compensation through a lawsuit.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the United States, nine people die and over a thousand are injured as the result of accidents where distracted driving was involved. In addition to Florida, there are four other states where texting while a vehicle is in motion is not a primary offense.
Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said that the texting is not the only problem. He said that drivers can be distracted by eating, reading or grooming while driving. According to Mulligan, if a driver takes their eyes off the road for five seconds while travelling 55 mph, they may have covered the length of a football field.Learn more at http://www.chaliklaw.com/. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers 28 W Flagler St, #1000 Miami, FL 33130 Phone: (305) 944-2035