Texting while driving is illegal in Florida. But you might not know it as you travel along our busy highways. It’s hard not to hit the road without seeing the telltale signs: the driver who's moving slower than everyone else, putting lots of distance between their car and the car ahead of them, maybe even swerving. Are they drunk? Nope. They’re distracted.
That driver's face is buried in their phone, fingers flying on that tiny keyboard. Their text has taken precedence over your safety.
If caught, a first offense can set this texting driver back $30, plus court costs and other fees. A second offense within five years, $60, plus fees and three points on their license. But, the cost of texting while driving could be much worse. Tragically, Florida has perennially ranked near the top of the list when it comes to distracted driving, crashes, and severe injuries.
The truth is, no message is worth the risk of serious injury or even death. So remember, eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. And if you are injured by a driver who is texting or distracted in any way, working with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can be your best move to get the justice you rightfully deserve.
Contact St. Petersburg, Florida Accident Attorney J. Stanford Morse, P.A. Visit injurylawus.com or call 727-347-7737 for more information.