Driverless Vehicles Become a Reality in FloridaJuly 26, 2019 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
On June 13, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a progressive autonomous vehicle bill (HB311), which paves the way for self-driving vehicles to operate on Florida roads without a human inside. Fox13 News reported that prior to July 1, 2019, Florida law required a person to be inside an autonomous vehicle in case there is a malfunction.
In signing this bill, Governor DeSantis said, “This bill really affirms Florida's commitment to advancing a growing new era in transportation innovation. I think that this helps chart a course to a bolder brighter and smarter future in transportation and embraces the innovation revolution that will bring high-paying jobs to the state while making our roads safer. The fact of the matter is people are distracted when they drive. So if we get this, and it's right, I think you're going to have safer roadways and make better use of our existing roads, which will alleviate traffic.”
HB311 drastically expands testing and the use of autonomous vehicles in Florida. According to ABC News, supporters of the bill believe it will put Florida among the leading states in the country for self-driving vehicle research.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that between 2012 and 2017, twenty thousand people died in the United States in crashes involving distracted drivers.
“For the past decade, distracted driving has taken U.S. roadways by storm, endangering not only distracted drivers, but also their passengers, those in other vehicles, and pedestrians. Talking on or manipulating a phone, adjusting the radio, applying makeup, eating or drinking can all distract from the essential task of safe driving; far too many drivers succumb to the deadly, and often illegal, temptation that has emerged as one of the most common forms of distracted driving, texting,” said the NHTSA.
“We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. have many years of experience assisting those who have been injured due to the negligence of another. Please contact us 24/7 if a distracted motorist was responsible for your injuries, or the wrongful death of a loved one. We can assist you in pursuing justice,” said Fort Myers Distracted Driver Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Distracted Driver Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.