Driver Killed In Car-Bus Accident
A local bus driver was the only person not injured in a recent tragic accident involving a bus and a small car that claimed the life of car’s driver and seriously injured the passenger. The car drove right into the back of the empty bus as it was stopped at a traffic light. According to the news report, the car struck the school bus so hard that it ended up wedged under the bus after having pushed the rear of the bus up off the ground. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accident but it is suspected that speed was likely a factor; texting or DUI are other possibilities. Any of these three factors can often have deadly results.
No Texting Allowed
Florida law prohibits texting while driving; the specifics are defined in Florida State Statute 316.305. As set forth in this piece of legislation, the intention behind its passage was to make Florida roads safer for everyone who uses them, to prevent accidents that occur due to texting while driving and to reduce the negative outcomes of such accidents including death and injuries. Another goal is to control the financial impact of these incidents such healthcare costs and rates for both health insurance and auto insurance. Under Florida law, a law enforcement officer has the authority to issue a citation for texting while driving once he or she has pulled a driver over for some other reason.
The Proof Is In The Records
Receiving a citation for texting while driving is likely one of the better possible outcomes when this act occurs. All too often, however, accidents are the end result of texting while driving. On many occasions, such as the bus-car accident above, the cause of the accident may not be immediately obvious, and, after an accident has occurred, a question may arise about whether the driver was texting at the time of the accident. In cases where a death has occurred or someone has suffered a personal injury as a result of a crash, the driver’s cell phone billing records can be used as evidence that they were texting while driving. In addition to cell phone bills, testimony from recipients of text messages could also be used during a court proceeding to make a determination about whether or not the driver was violating the law against texting while driving at the time of the accident.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and have suffered personal injuries, you need information and guidance you can rely on. At Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale, we have years of experience handling a wide variety of accident cases and will fight to help you get everything you are entitled to under the law. We are here to make sure that your rights are protected and are ready to help you understand your legal responsibilities. Our auto accident attorneys and staff of professionals are here when you need us – contact us today by phone at 954.556.5260 or reach out to us online to schedule your initial consultation at no obligation to you.