Florida's Preemption Law: How It Could Affect You
Throughout the U.S. distracted driving is a problem that has led to numerous accidents, some fatal. For this very reason, many states have enacted laws regulating when the use of cell phones will and will not be permitted for drivers. Generally, the laws in some way stipulate that a driver may not use a cell phone to text and/ or call while operating a motor vehicle. However, Florida is one of the few states that has not adopted these laws; instead, the state follows the preemption law which specifically prohibits localities from enacting such laws.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released statistics for 2009 indicating that twenty percent of all injury-related car accidents in 2009 were the product of distracted driving in some way or another. Sixteen percent of fatality crashes that year were also caused by a distracted driver. Far too often, innocent individuals fall victim to crashes that could have been avoided – should have been avoided – if the driver responsible for the collision had taken the proper precautions to prevent against being distracted in the first place.
With no locally enforced bans on distracted driving in Florida, the problem is likely to persist. After being injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver you will need to act quickly in securing legal representation for yourself. Especially in Florida, where the preemption law exists, it will be vitally important to the wellbeing of your future to have a Tampa personal injury lawyer on your side. At The Florida Law Group we have taken great care to ensure that our services are offered to victims of car accidents throughout the state, including those caused by distracted drivers. When you contact a Tampa car accident attorney from our firm, we will review your case and help you determine how to move forward with our help.