Texting Accident Attorneys
Orlando Texting Accident Law Firm
We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by new technology. In fact, most everyone in the country owns a cellular device. And though this technology is beneficial, there are times when its use is not appropriate and even dangerous. This is especially true when driving. Driving and texting has become an epidemic, and despite many attempts to spread awareness about the dangers involved, many people of all ages still do it. Texting and driving can lead to serious consequences because of the distraction it causes on the driver, and a crash can leave you and the other vehicle’s occupants severely injured or even dead. Florida, along with many other states, has been pushing to enforce harsher laws and penalties for those who are caught texting and driving. If you were the victim of an accident caused by a driver who was texting, the Law offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., can provide you with personal injury lawyers.
Dangers of Texting & Driving
Many people text and drive because they don’t consider it a dangerous activity or don’t believe that anything can occur in the short time they look at their phone. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, because unlike other distractions, it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. Visual distraction occurs because the driver is taking his/her eyes off the road to look at the cellular device. Manual distraction occurs when the driver takes his/her hands off of the steering wheel to text. Cognitive distraction makes it all even more dangerous because in order to text one must take his/her mind and attention off of driving and into the conversation instead.
When traveling at high speeds, even the few seconds that it takes to look at your phone or send a text are enough for an accident to occur. For example, traveling at a city speed of 40 mph means that you are traveling over 58 feet per second. If you look at your phone for even 5 seconds, you would have travelled over 290 feet without looking at the road. That is almost a distance equivalent of two full football fields, and a lot can occur in that distance without enough time for you to react and avoid an accident. The danger increases exponentially when you travel at highway speeds.
Texting & Driving in Florida
In Florida, texting while driving is against the law. Section 316.305 of the Florida Statutes states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle while typing on a virtual keyboard, sending a message or reading a message on any form of wireless communications device. However, texting and driving is only a secondary violation. This means that you cannot be charged simply for texting while driving. In order to be pulled over and issued a ticket, you must have committed another motor vehicle violation along with texting. One example of this would be if you ran a red light while texting. In your first offense, you will not receive any points on your license; however, if it occurs in a school zone, you’ll receive two points. If the texting results in a crash, six points will be added to your license.
Personal Injury Attorney in Orlando, FL
If you were involved in a car accident due to a texting driver and suffered injuries, it is important that you contact a car accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., our attorneys have the necessary skills and knowledge to help prove the other driver’s negligent behavior. We will gather up the necessary evidence, like cell phone records, to try and prove that the accident occurred because the offending party was texting and establish their negligence. Contact us today for a car accident lawyer Orlando residents can count on.