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A Case of Texting and Driving

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 30, 2014 10:13:00 AM

We all know the dangers of texting and driving, but unfortunately a 32 year old woman in High Point, North Carolina took texting a step further last week and it cost her, her life.   

Courtney Sanders was on her way to work last Thursday morning when she decided to take “selfies” and post them to her Facebook page.  She then posted a status to Facebook saying “The happy song makes me HAPPY”. That statement was posted at 8:33 a.m. and at 8:34 a.m. operators received a 911 call stating that Courtney’s car had crossed the median and slammed into a truck causing it to strike a tree. Fortunately the driver of the truck was not seriously injured. 

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Topics: Driving and Texting

The Reality of Florida's Texting and Driving Law

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Feb 7, 2014 12:30:00 PM

We are now five months into Florida’s texting and driving law, but just how effective is it? Many Floridian motorists are still unaware of what the law’s details are. Many drivers do not take the law seriously. Since we still see accidents on our daily commutes, it is questionable whether or not the ban on texting has truly made a difference in our state. The lawyers at Steven A. Bagen & Associates are here to help you understand the current guidelines and future possibilities of Florida’s texting and driving law.

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Details of the Law

On October 1, 2013, Florida became the 40th state to pass the ban on texting and driving. In 37 states, texting and driving is a primary offense but Florida is not one of those states. For us, this is only a secondary offense. This means a driver has to be stopped for a separate traffic violation before a texting and driving violation can be issued. Drivers cannot be pulled over for solely texting and driving. There are exemptions to receiving the $30 ticket. The law does not prohibit all cell phone use while driving. Therefore, devices can still be used for phone calls, voice talk-to-text functions, GPS navigation and music. Texting is still permitted as long as the car is not in motion. For instance, it is legal to text if a driver is sitting at a red light or in a rush hour traffic jam.
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Topics: Driving and Texting

Florida Law: No Texting While Driving

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 2, 2014 8:45:00 AM

Thousands of motorists and pedestrians are injured and killed following traffic accidents each year. One major cause of these fatal accidents is texting while driving. Cell phones are great inventions, and yes, they do come in handy in the event of an emergency. By the same token, they are also health hazards and extremely dangerous when they are not used for their proper intent.

For this reason, Florida and other states have passed laws that prohibit the use of cell phones and other wireless devices while driving. One particular chapter and section of the law is 316.305 "Wireless Communication Devices; Prohibition." This section of the law is often referred to as the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.”

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Topics: Serious Accidents & Injuries, Driving and Texting

Who Pays my Lost Wages From an Auto Accident Injury?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 16, 2013 3:38:00 PM

Depending on the type of auto insurance coverage you currently have, you might be eligible for compensation for your lost wages after an auto accident injury occurs. If you are eligible, the ease of which the claims process is handled will be determined by the type of work you do. To help make the process simpler and answer any questions you might have, enlist the help of a Gainesville personal injury lawyer to handle your case. 

Steven A. Bagen Law Firm has offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Distracted Driving, Driving and Texting

The Aftermath of an Auto Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 19, 2011 8:14:00 AM

Have you or a loved one been injured in a car, truck, vehicle accident? Do not be a victim and do not let the insurance agencies take advantage of you. You do not have to face this difficult situation alone.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, TV, Media, Speeding Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries, Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents, Commercial, Driving and Texting, Drinking and Driving

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jun 8, 2011 8:31:00 AM

We’ve all done it – been at a stoplight or in slow traffic and shot off a quick text or e-mail. It's multitasking at its most dangerous. In today's fast-paced world, it can feel all too convenient to perform secondary tasks while driving.  Whatever it is you’re doing while driving, you’re becoming dangerously distracted by the activity. In fact, in 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Distracted Driving, Catastrophic Injuries, Truck Accidents, Bus Accidents, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Personal Injury Law, Driving and Texting