As Jacksonville car accident and injury attorneys, we have seen more and more car accidents caused by texting while driving. Several news stories have reported that texting while driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving. Some authorities are starting to take action.
Last week, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce became the first chamber in the state to ask its affiliated businesses to sign a safe-driving pledge that their employees will not text and drive. The AAA Auto Club South initiated the idea, which has support from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
Texting is now legal for Florida drivers. A bill was introduced in the Florida Legislature this year to ban texting while driving; however it was not taken up before the legislative session adjourned.
The federal government has estimated that motorist distractions may have caused as many as 5,800 wrongful deaths last year. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that banned the nation’s 3 million federal employees from texting while driving federal vehicles.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, please contact our Jacksonville auto accident lawyers for a free consultation.