While we almost cannot deny the usefulness of cell phones in our daily lives, using a mobile phone while driving is a violation of the state laws of Florida. Nevertheless, Florida is more forgiving compared to other states in the USA when it comes to the penalties incurred by people who text and drive. As of now, texting while driving is only a secondary offense in Florida. In other words, you’ll only be handed a citation for using a cell phone while driving in the event that you’re caught violating order traffic laws. For instance, jumping a red light.
As it appears, cell phone use at the steering wheel has influenced many road hazards. For this reason, many states in the USA have banned cell phone use at the steering wheel. The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of downsides to using cell phones while driving. Not only does it have physical consequences, but it also has a lot of economic implications. Here are the common consequences of texting while driving.
- Causes accident
When you text and drive, you take your attention off the road and the oncoming vehicles. This can cause an accident for you and may even result in severe injuries. In fact, based on the data provided by the FLHSMV, over 270,000 accidents that happened in Florida in 2017 were due to the fact that the driver got distracted while driving.
The end results of cases where drivers text and drive, are usually fatal. Even when they get injured, the injuries are often severe. Not just for the driver alone, but for other victims of the accidents as well.
- Fines and citations
You can get citations and fines when you are caught texting while you are driving. These citations can also influence your insurance premiums.
- Increased insurance premiums
The more citations you get for texting and driving the higher the risk you pose to yourself, your property and the environment at large. This can influence your insurance premium negatively.
This post was written by J Stanford Morse, P.A. Stan is a St Petersburg personal injury lawyer at his practice. He has been practicing law for over 40 years and is St Pete’s trusted car accident attorney.