Distracted driving is illegal in Florida; however, it is still the number one cause of motorcycle accidents throughout the state. You can take all the precautions possible and still be in a wreck caused by a negligent, or irresponsible, driver. If this happens to you, you need the resources available at Rubenstein Law. We offer a wealth of experience in motorcycle accident claims and we will use this knowledge to get you the money you need.

Call us today at 800-FL-LEGAL for a free consultation. We will compassionately listen to your story and help you through this difficult situation while you focus on getting back to your normal life. No costs or fees unless or until you win money. Remote and virtual appointments are available.

Why Distracted Driving Is So Dangerous to Riders

Larger vehicle drivers already have a problem seeing motorcycles without additional distractions. Blind spots and simply failing to properly look cause accidents all the time. But, distracted driving is particularly dangerous because it further removes the driver’s focus from the act of driving, and often motorcycles with their smaller size pay the price for their neglect.

When car and truck drivers are attempting to multi-task and are distracted, they it’s easy to miss motorcyclists approaching from behind or the side. Bikers must keep an eye out or car that are swerving, even subtly or drivers with their heads down as if on the phone.

Cars that turn or switch lanes without properly looking around can also cause an accident. This is common at intersections and on highways.

Motor vehicle drivers are often distracted at high rates of speed on the highway, such as I-95. High speed accidents result in severe injuries to bikers who have little to no protection.

Florida Distracted Driving Statistics

The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department (FLHSMV) reported there were more than 56,000 distracted driving accidents in Florida in 2019. Those resulted in 2,928 serious injuries and 271 fatalities.

There has been a consistent increase in distracted driving fatalities in Florida over the last five years. In 2015, there were only 219 fatalities. That number has gone up nearly 20% since then.

Distracted Driving Laws in Florida

On July 1, 2019, Section 316.305 of the Florida Statutes took effect allowing police officers to pull over drivers who are texting or otherwise using their cell phone when behind the wheel. With the updated law in place, Rubenstein Law is proud to support The Dori Slosberg Foundation in their mission to end distracted driving.

The foundation is named in memory of Dori Slosberg, whose life tragically ended when the car she was in crashed. Dori and four other girls were killed in the crash. Dori’s friend was left a quadriplegic, and Emily Slosberg, Dori’s twin sister survived with serious injuries.

Specifically, this law says drivers may not operate motor vehicles while typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, or symbols into a wireless communication device. That includes texting, emailing, and instant messaging.

While Florida laws now directly address texting and driving, other types of distracted driving also count as negligent, or irresponsible, driving as well. That includes:

  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Fixing hair and makeup
  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Adjusting mirrors
  • Talking or looking at passengers
  • Using a GPS device
  • Listening to loud music

Types of Distracted Driving That Cause Wrecks

Any type of distracted driving can cause an accident. There are four types that encompass most distracted driving:

  • Visual – This includes taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual – This involves taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive – This is thinking about anything other than driving.
  • Auditory – Hearing something not involved in driving.

Texting and driving is so dangerous because it is visual, manual, and cognitive in nature.

In order to avoid a crash, the driver must be able to perceive a hazard and react to others around them. Distractions, such as texting, make it nearly impossible to think clearly, analyze, and react quickly enough to avoid an accident.

Our Motorcycle Team Can Help You After a Distracted Driving Accident

After an accident, you need compensation to repair your bike, cover your medical bills, repay you for missed work, and take care of your other losses. However, to get that compensation, we must prove negligence, or and show that the other driver was at fault. This can be difficult with distracted driving, but our experienced motorcycle team knows how to collect evidence whether it be phone records, surveillance videos that might’ve caught the accident, witness or other proof to support your claim.

Call Rubenstein Law today at 800-FL-LEGAL or use our online form for your free consultation. We’re available 24/7, and you pay no costs or fees unless you win money.

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