Legal protections are available to hold distracted drivers accountable for the harm they cause. New Florida laws going into effect at the beginning of October will require all Florida drivers to be hands free in certain areas. The new law will require drivers to put down electronic devices, including cell phones and GPS devices, in school zones and work zones where workers are present. Texting while driving is also now a primary offense in Florida. Authorities note that there is a grace period but they plan to begin ticketing at the first of next year. Drivers face fees, points on their license and increased insurance costs.
In addition to the penalties distracted drivers face, they may also face civil liability to victims they harm. It is important to note that distracted driving, including using a cell phone while driving and texting while driving, is dangerous behavior that can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents. Victims of distracted drivers can suffer serious physical, financial and emotional injuries. Fortunately, personal injury legal resources are available to help victims with the injuries and harm they suffer because of a distracted driver.
Distracted driving can result in liability for the distracted driver for the medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering of victims. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured victims and their families recover compensation that can help with their medical bills, time away from work and the emotional trauma of an unexpected car accident. When a negligent driver, such as a distracted driver, has caused a car accident, the legal process can hold them accountable in different ways.
Just as drivers should be familiar with rules related to cell phone use and texting while driving, victims of distracted drivers should know how they can protect themselves. Distracted driving is a risk on the roadways but injured victims are protected when a distracted driver has harmed them.