5 Things You Should Know About Cell Phone Use and Driving
In the last couple of years, news stations have put out many stories on the dangers of using cell phones while on the road, and many states have begun passing laws limiting or banning the use of mobile devices by drivers. Use of these devices often causes drivers to become unaware of surroundings or conditions on the road, and many experts agree that their use has led to many accidents.
What You Should Know about Driving and Cell Phones
Even if you are a safe driver and do not use cell phones or other hand-held devices while driving, you may still be injured by another driver behaving recklessly behind the wheel. It is important for all motorists to keep the following in mind regarding cell phone use and driving:
- Most studies agree that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous, and some have shown it to be even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
- Although many people feel they’re being safer by using a hands-free device, studies have shown that this does not decrease the dangers of using a cell phone.
- Wisconsin recently became the 25th state to ban texting while driving.
- Although the new texting ban does not include reading texts or browsing the internet, these behaviors fall under the law that bans any activity that distracts a driver from safely maneuvering a vehicle.
- If a driver engages in texting, making calls, or using a mobile device in any other way that distracts him or her from driving safely and in doing so injures another person, the driver is likely liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.
Having a driver reimburse you for losses or cover medical expenses can never undo the suffering you or your loved ones faced if you were in an accident caused by a distracted driver. However, it can help ease stress in an already difficult time.
Contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your legal options.