Florida’s turnpikes make up more than 450 miles of highways and have an estimated average of 1.8 million motorists on them daily. These toll roads rank 3rd as the most heavily driven turnpikes in the U.S. according to the Association of International Bridges, Tunnels and Turnpikes.
Accidents on turnpikes showed an increase in numbers in 2012 throughout Florida. Some sources believe this increase is due to more and more drivers utilizing cell phones while driving. Currently, there are no laws against talking or even texting while driving in Florida. A Florida Highway Patrol officer has said, “We need to attack driver distraction like we did with DUI and seat belts.”
State Representatives are working with law makers in an effort to pass a law banning texting while driving. Not one road safety law was passed during 2011 and 2012.
Last month, an Osceola County accident killed one man and injured five other passengers in a one-car accident. Investigators have not said if cell-phone use played a role in this accident. While not all accidents are caused by a distracted driver, cutting down the number of distracted drivers would surely decrease the number of accidents Florida’s residents suffer.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you have rights for medical bill compensation and lost wages compensation. Our concerned and knowledgeable Florida Car Accident Lawyers can help you and your loved ones navigate through this difficult time in your life. Contact us today for a free consultation. We can help get your life back on track.