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cell phoneTexting and driving is a huge problem in Florida and throughout the United States. Drivers who are distracted on their phones while driving often end up causing serious accidents. In an effort to combat this problem, Florida passed a law in 2013 that bans texting and driving. Florida was one of the last states to pass this law.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. In April, the NHTSA launched a “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign that focused on the financial consequences and expenses of texting and driving. The United States Department of Transportation also coined a slogan  to raise awareness about texting and driving: “if you’re texting, you’re not driving.”

Under Florida law, if a driver in the state is suspected of committing a traffic violation while texting, that driver can be fined up to $60. However, a person will only be fined for texting and driving as a secondary offense when coupled with the suspicion of another traffic violation. It is important to note that the statute’s express language says that a driver will not be penalized if the vehicle is parked or temporarily stopped. Another exception is if an individual is communicating with law enforcement about suspicious or dangerous activity.

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car7Every year, a number of individuals in the state of Florida and throughout the United States are injured in automobile accidents caused by drowsy drivers. Fatigued and exhausted drivers pose great risks to other drivers and pedestrians on the road. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a drowsy driver, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Miami personal injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. These claims can be hard to substantiate, which is why having a reputable lawyer on your side can make all the difference.

Studies have indicated that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, since drowsy drivers may experience slower reaction times, impaired vision, and an impaired ability to make decisions. The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America Poll reports that approximately 60 percent of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy, while 37 percent have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving causes 56,000 automobile crashes every year. The NHTSA also finds that the following drivers are most at risk for drowsy driving:  adults between 18 and 29 years of age; men; adults with children; and shift workers. Continue reading →

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Every year, a number of Florida residents are injured and some are even killed due to accidents caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is not a phenomenon limited to Florida, of course. It happens on a daily basis throughout the United States.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ‘distracted driving’ is any activity that could divert an individual’s attention away from the primary task of driving. In other words, distracted driving is when a driver engages in a task that decreases his or her concentration on driving. When a person’s focus is not on the road, the chances for an accident increase significantly. This is because when a person is not paying attention he or she is likely to be unaware of hazards on the road, even obvious ones. Additionally, an individual’s reaction time decreases when he or she is distracted.

Distractions inside and outside a vehicle may include texting while driving, eating, drinking, talking to other passengers, reading a map, toying with a GPS system, applying makeup, or smoking.  Continue reading →