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avi-richards-438741-unsplash-copy-300x225Dogs are a part of the family in South Florida more than ever, which means many drivers take Fido along when they are traveling or making short trips around Miami. While it might seem adorable to see motorists petting furry friends and allowing them to sit in their laps, the truth is that these people are creating a serious safety risk. The comparison to the distracted driving dangers involved with talking, texting, and other cell phone use is very real. 

Still, there are few laws or regulations covering the topic across the US. Florida has yet to take legislative action, so you can be sure drivers will continue to operate their vehicles under such risky circumstances. Fortunately, you do have rights if you are injured in a Miami car accident, so some background information may be helpful.

Comparing the Dangers of Cellphone Use to Driving with a Pet

alexandre-boucher-582082-unsplash-copy-300x200Every new year brings new laws in Florida, and 2020 is no different. A Miami Herald article dated December 31, 2019 described several key pieces of legislation that became effective on January 1, from an increase in the smoking age to a higher minimum wage. The article also pointed out that police would be stepping up enforcement of the state’s hands-free driving law. As you might recall, legislators passed the measure for an effective date of July 2019, but there was a grace period to allow motorists to get used to following it. As of the first day of 2020, officers would no longer allow drivers to get away with certain forms of cell phone use while operating a car. 

Still, there will always be people who do not comply with the law, so the threat of distracted driving auto collisions is still very real. You should talk to a Miami car accidents attorney if you were hurt in such an incident, but read on for an overview of the relevant legal concepts.

Summary of Florida’s Hands-Free Law

marlon-lara-595368-unsplash-copy-300x199Florida recently joined many other US states in cracking down on certain forms of cell phone use while driving, with a new law that went into effect July 1, 2019. An article in the Sun-Sentinel outlined the details of the Wireless Communications While Driving Law, which bans holding or handling a phone to: 

  • Text or make calls;
  • Navigate via GPS;

In today’s society, almost every driver has a cell phone. Whereas cell phones are often a lifesaver after an accident, or when a driver is stranded, they also pose a dangerous threat to motorists in the state of Florida. In 2015, approximately 45,740 accidents in Florida were attributed to distracted driving. About 24,560 of these crashes resulted in injuries, and, tragically, 198 resulted in fatalities. Nearly 200 individuals lost their lives in 2015 in Florida because a driver failed to pay attention to the road. Distracted driving accidents are on the rise and unfortunately will likely continue in the near future.

There are three categories of distractions on the road:

  • Visual, or taking one’s eyes off of the road;
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