In our Distracted Driving presentations, we talk about the risks of distracted driving and other serious consequences such as: civil liability for personal injury or wrongful death, criminal charges, property damage, loss of a license, insurance rate hikes and productivity loss. The judge in this case held Mr. O’Guin responsible for injuring Ms. Carter. With new changes in the legal landscape, the financial stakes are even higher for drivers who text and drive and this ruling is a perfect example of that. It’s just a matter of time before Florida prosecutors begin treating texting like drunk driving, and bring manslaughter charges when texting while driving causes a death. It is worth remembering that since texting and driving, like alcohol or drug impaired driving, is illegal, in judging the cause of an accident, the line between negligent and intentional shifts towards intentional with its stiffer penalties. Texting and driving that causes a deadly accident is being prosecuted as manslaughter across the USA.
Taking your eyes off the road for a second can alter many lives in an instant. Please don’t drive distracted.