What is Distracted Driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three types of driving distraction, which is a common cause of accidents:
- Manual distraction: takes your hands away from the wheel and the task of driving
- Visual distraction: takes your eyes away from driving for any amount of time
- Cognitive distraction: takes your mind and attention away from the task of driving
Some activities can involve all three types of distraction. Texting is one such activity that takes your eyes, hands and concentration away from driving. Florida’s “Ban on Texting while Driving” law, enacted in 2012, made texting while driving a secondary offense. Under this law, you cannot use a cell phone to read or send a text message while you are driving; however, because it is a secondary offense, you cannot be pulled over for it. Instead, law enforcement can issue you a citation for it if they are already citing you for another offense.
Despite the texting ban, motor vehicle accidents attributed to texting continue to happen every day in Florida. The ban does not restrict texting while at a stop light, and drivers can still talk on cell phones, use in-dash infotainment systems and use GPS devices while driving.
Steps to Take if Involved
If you or one of your loved ones was injured in an accident that was caused or partly caused by a distracted driver, our experienced distracted driving lawyer in Boynton Beach can help you pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. The only way to know if you have a case is to call us for a free case review.
As a result of the accident, you may have medical bills and be unable to work because of your injuries. You deserve compensation when someone else is at fault or partly at fault for the accident that injured you or a loved one. Call a Boynton Beach distracted driving lawyer today.