Texting While Driving: The Facts
It is no secret that a distracted driver is an unsafe driver. Texting while driving is no doubt a distraction, as it takes your eyes, hands, and mind off of the very important and delicate task of operating a vehicle. The U.S. Government reports that the average person takes his or her eyes off of the road for 5 seconds when texting. At a mere 55 mph, this equals the entire length of a football field.
The Law on Texting While Driving in Michigan
The Michigan state legislature has acknowledged this safety risk and has forbidden texting while driving. This law came into effect in 2010, and it prohibits reading, typing, or sending text messages on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle in motion. The first time a driver is reprimanded for texting while driving, the driver will be fined $100, and $200 for any subsequent offenses. It is easy to see exactly why the legislature passed this law: the leading cause of car crashes and close-calls in Michigan is distracted driving.
In October of 2013, Michigan further restricted drivers by forbidding the use of cell phones for phone calls or any other voice communication. The same fines apply to offenses involving talking on a cell phone.
The Dangers of Texting While Driving
Texting while driving can cause serious car accidents. Michigan law prohibits this behavior and, as such, a driver who causes an accident because he or she is texting or using a cell phone while driving is likely liable for the damage caused.
Driving while distracted by the use of a cell phone is negligent and possibly reckless. The fact that Michigan law prohibits the use makes the argument that the distracted driver was negligent or reckless an even stronger one. A good lawyer may be able to help victims get what they deserve.
What to Do if You are the Victim of an Accident Caused by Texting
How can an attorney help? A good automobile crash lawyer can help you find out what your options are in an action against the driver. An attorney can help you find evidence that the driver was using his or her cell phone. A victim of a car accident caused by cell phone use while driving may be able to get compensation for medical expenses, damages to a vehicle, pain and suffering, lost income and/or future income loss. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident involving the use of a cell phone, an attorney can help you prove your case and find the best solution for you. Call us today at the Clark Law Office or visit our website for more information.