Do Distracted Driving Laws Cause More Harm Than Good?

Jul 25, 2012 Posted by in Distracted Driving

These days, most states have laws against texting while driving. Florida still does not. But according to new research, Florida’s roads might be safer without such a law.

A Canadian-based research group recently examined highway fatalities in Manitoba. They discovered that the number of car accidents there increased after distracted driving legislation went into effect.

According to the study, there were 110 deaths following automobile collisions in 2011.That number was significantly higher than the 73 deaths in 2010 and the 92 deaths in 2009.

But why is it that a law designed to protect drivers might actually make car accidents more likely?According to the study, it’s because rather than complying with the law, drivers are finding new ways to conceal their activities– such as texting below windshield level.

Regardless of the law, we urge all Florida drivers to stay focused while driving.

A Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver in Florida, call us today at (800) 299-8878 or fill out our convenient online contact form for a free consultation.

The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has provided professional and compassionate legal assistance to car accident victims in South Florida and the Treasure Coast since 1975. The firm sponsors a Facebook campaign to help end distracted driving entitled Hang Up and Drive! We believe that distracted driving is a life-threatening behavior that can be stopped.

We serve victims of automobile crashes in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including in StuartPort St. LucieFort PierceJupiter,Palm Beach and Vero Beach.

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