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Distracted driving is not uncommon in Florida

Unfortunately, observing drivers texting while driving is not uncommon in parts of Florida. Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving are dangerous for distracted drivers and those they share the roadways with. Authorities note that using a cell phone while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it removes the driver's hands from the steering wheel and their focus from driving.

A recent police ride along in Florida revealed one driver holding his cell phone through the steering wheel while driving. Drivers cannot be pulled over in Florida for holding their phones because texting while driving is a secondary offense which means that a driver has to be pulled over for some other infraction, such as speeding, to also be cited for texting while driving. Though the fine for texting while driving may only be $30, distracted driving is a serious and dangerous concern on the roadways.

A recent study revealed that Florida drivers are the second worst in the country for distracted driving, making them some of the most dangerous drivers on the roadway. All types of distracted driving, including listening to music, emailing, surfing the internet and texting while driving, are hazardous and are leading to an increased number of accidents. When victims of a distracted driver have been harmed in a car accident, legal protections are available to them.

Victims can seek legal recourse through the personal injury legal process by making a claim against a distracted or negligent driver for compensation of their damages. Victims may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim for the harm they have suffered at the hands of a distracted driver.

Source: NBC-2.com, "Ride-along: Catching distracted drivers in SWFL," Rachel Polansky, Sept. 26, 2017

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