Distracted Driving Behind Rising Florida Traffic Fatalities
Florida consistently ranks as one of the highest traffic fatality states in the country. In fact, in the first month of 2017, there have already been 143 deaths from auto accidents. Unfortunately, Florida has also been ranked one of the worst states when it comes to the number of road safety laws. A report released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety has stated that Florida is “dangerously behind in the adoption of Advocates optimal laws,” including laws banning text messaging while driving, mandatory seat belt requirements, an ignition interlock law, an all-rider motorcycle helmet requirement, booster seat requirements, teen driving provisions, and more.
In response to a steady increase in fatalities since 2014, the state has implemented a new safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of preventable traffic fatalities. The “Arrive Alive” campaign will focus on education through media outreach, engineering efforts in locations where accidents frequently occur, and increased law enforcement presence.
Texting, Distraction & Fatal Crashes
One of the most common culprits behind fatal traffic accidents is distracted driving, especially involving smartphones. Making phone calls, checking emails, texting, and even looking at GPS maps while driving take the driver’s focus and attention away from the road, dramatically increasing the chance of a collision. Even a momentary glance away from the road is enough time to cause an accident that can seriously hurt or kill someone. In 2015 alone, more than 45,000 people lost their lives in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Currently, texting and driving is only a secondary offense in Florida, which means that a driver has to get pulled over for another offense, such as speeding or weaving in and out of their lane, in order to get a ticket.
Car Accident Attorney in Fort Lauderdale
Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. reminds all Florida drivers that no text message is worth the risk of a serious accident or loss of life. It can wait!
If you are in need of an attorney after an accident caused by a distracted driver, our firm is available to answer your questions about your rights. Trusted by clients since 1955, we have the experience and persistence it takes to help you achieve the results you need. To schedule a free consultation with a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer, please call (954) 866-5493.