The Fort Myers News-Press reported there have been four pedestrian deaths and nine traffic fatalities total in Lee County this month. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reports there has also been an increase in Lee County’s annual traffic fatalities. Last year, sixty-four people lost their lives in Lee County traffic crashes. This year there have already been seventy-three fatal auto accidents.
The executive director of Stay Alive…Just Drive, Jay Anderson told the Fort Myers News-Press the increase in traffic deaths is preventable because in most cases the driver who caused the accident was distracted. On Oct. 1, 2013, Florida passed a bill to make texting while driving a secondary violation, meaning an officer can only pull a motorist over for texting if the motorist is breaking another traffic law first. Many safety advocates believe the bill should be changed to make texting and driving a primary traffic offense.
Currently, when a driver injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian due to distracted driving, the motorist is usually cited for careless driving and written a ticket. Any type of behavior that takes someone’s mind or attention off the road is negligence. If a motorist’s inattention is proven by a knowledgeable attorney to have caused an accident, the victims and their survivors could rightfully pursue a financial claim against the driver to pay for medical bills, damages, and pain and suffering.
Fort Myers car accident attorney Jim Dodson believes punishments should be more than simply issuing a ticket to a driver whose careless action takes someone’s life. For more than 25 years, Jim has been standing up for the victims and survivors of negligent drivers. Call Jim Dodson Law today at 888-207-0905 for a no cost evaluation of your case.