Distracted driving can be a combination of many things- texting, talking on a cell phone, eating, rummaging to find something in the glove box, emailing, or putting on make-up.
While all of us have probably done one of the above, we all know how important it is to stay focused and attentive while driving. Accidents happen way too fast and way too often.
According to The National Safety Council:
- Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving
1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving What are the laws of cell phone usage in Wisconsin (http://www.drivinglaws.org/wisconsin.php):
For most Wisconsin drivers, it’s legal to talk on a cellphone and drive. However, recently-licensed motorists—those with an instructional permit or a probationary license—can use cellphones only for emergency purposes. And commercial drivers are generally prohibited from using cellphones unless they use hands-free devices. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 346.89(4)(a), (4)(c)(2) (2016).)
Also, starting October 1, 2016, Wisconsin drivers will be required to use hands-free devices to talk on a cellphone when driving through areas where road construction, maintenance, or utility work is being done. (2015-2016 Wisc. Legis. Serv. Act 308 (2015 A.B. 198).)
So, what happens when you’ve been in an accident caused by a driver who was texting and driving?
At Bye, Goff and Rohde, Ltd. our Wisconsin Distracted Driving Attorneys are here to assist you as you regain normalcy after any car accident. We represent car accident victims due to the negligence or recklessness of someone who was texting and driving. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a vehicle accident that could have been stopped, then contact our team of Wisconsin and Minnesota personal injury lawyers today.
Texting and driving accident victims may recover damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- A loss of income and projected income
- Medications, doctor visits and other medical bills
- Temporary or permanent injuries
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Equipment for the home and/or car
- A loss of quality of life or a loss of companionship if the accident resulted in a fatality
Contact us today for a free consultation.