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Florida Representatives Push State Texting Law

Aug 29, 2017
Shamis & Gentile, P.A.
Miami personal injury lawyers

As smart phones and other technology advances, distracted driving has increasing become a national problem amounting to unprecedented proportions. In-vehicle entertainment systems, navigation systems, and the ubiquitous smartphone are diverting drivers’ attention from the road causing a major increase in motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you have legal rights which must be protected. Miami personal injury lawyers, Shamis & Gentile, P.A., is Miami’s trusted law firm protecting car accident victims with fair compensation for their auto accident injuries. Our Miami car accident lawyers will aggressively protect your legal rights after any car accident including distracted driving accident cases.

What is Being Done About Texting and Driving Car Accidents

Most states across the nation have enacted some form of a ban on texting while driving. While this has created a confusing patchwork of regulations and enforcement, it has, nonetheless, brought attention to a serious problem.

Florida is one of four states where texting while driving is a secondary offense. This means that law enforcement cannot pull over motorists for texting at the wheel and motorists in Florida can only be cited for texting while driving if they are stopped for other reasons such as speeding or failing to wear seat belts. State Rep. Emily Slosberg fought in the past to make texting while driving a primary offense for drivers under 18 and in school zones, but the Legislature did not approve the bills. She is now trying again to build a campaign to support for a new law to make texting while driving a primary offense by seeking local-government support.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In 2015, 2,333 people ages 16 to 19 were killed and 221,313 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle injuries, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traffic fatalities in Florida increased nearly 18 percent in 2015, while teenage driver fatalities increased close to 30 percent.

Car Accident Attorneys Shamis & Gentile, P.A. are your Miami Personal Injury Lawyers

It’s important to hire the best Miami personal injury lawyer law firm who has the experience, creativity and determination to help you recover damages that are rightfully owed to you. At Shamis & Gentile, P.A., our Miami personal injury lawyers represent accident victims and their families throughout South Florida. Call our office today at 305-479-2299 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Miami area car accident lawyer. You can also email our office through our online contact form. Our experienced Miami personal injury lawyers will fight hard for the compensation you deserve.

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