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Prevent Florida Distracted Driving Collisions by Discouraging Motorists From Texting

According to USA Today, 18-year-old Maria West died when she lost control of her vehicle while she was texting. She was partially ejected during the rollover crash and her skull was crushed. Another avid texter, 23-year-old John Bradley Breen, died in a car crash while texting with a young woman he was planning to date. At this time, the state of Florida doesn’t have any laws prohibiting motorists, including teens and school bus drivers, from texting while driving. However, a House committee has pushed through a bill that would make texting a secondary offense. This means that a Florida cop would have to apprehend a motorist for some other reason before being able to cite him/her for texting. Even though this distracted driving habit is legal in the state, our Miami car accident lawyers want to remind all of you of the catastrophic consequences that can result. Texting while driving is distracted driving, which is careless and reckless conduct. It increases your chances of becoming involved in a Palm Beach motor vehicle accident and it is a senseless way to die and/or accidentally kill or injure a pedestrian, another motorist, or the person riding with you. Now, AT & T is kicking off a national campaign that warns about the dangers of texting while driving. True stories, including the last texts that were sent or received before certain tragic distracted driving accidents occurred, are part of the campaign. The messages that the wireless service provider hopes to communicate are: "Textng & Driving ... It Can Wait." and "No text is worth dying over." AT & T hopes to especially impact teen drivers with the campaign. Teens are among those most likely to disregard the warning that texting while operating a motor vehicle is dangerous. With teens more easily prone to distraction and less experienced than adult drivers, texting teen drivers are a danger to everyone on the road, including themselves. Texting Safety Tips from AT & T: • Don’t text while driving • Don’t text someone that you know is driving • Don’t let people text while driving AT&T Txtng & Drivng Campaign Urges Consumers That 'It Can Wait', PR Newswire, March 8, 2010 Word to youth: Texting, driving don't mix, USA Today, March 7, 2010 Related Web Resources: Texting and Driving, AT & T Cell Phone and Texting Laws, Governors Highway Safety Association New data from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute provides insight into cell phone use and driving distraction, Virginia Tech News, July 29, 2009 Contact our Hollywood, Florida car accident law firm to schedule your free case evaluation.

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