We live in a time where people constantly check their cellphones for text messages, emails and social media updates. Although that connectivity can be beneficial in some environments, it can be fatal when drivers check their phones behind the wheel.
Even though texting while driving is illegal in Michigan, it's still a common cause of auto accidents. In 2011, at least 23 percent of all auto accidents involved some type of cellphone use.
Although many drivers make the responsible decision to put their phones away while they're driving, it can be impossible to avoid the ramifications from other drivers' negligent decisions.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident because the other party was texting while driving, you may be entitled to compensation from a personal injury lawsuit. At Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, we have more than 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases. We have dedicated our practice to helping accident victims receive the compensation they need and deserve, and we can help you move forward.
The Dangers Of Distracted Driving
Most sources agree that the minimum amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road to send or read text messages is about five seconds. That means that a driver who is traveling at 55 mph could drive the entire length of a football field without looking at the road once. In addition to texting and driving, other cellphone use increases the chances of getting in a car accident.
- Sending or reading a text message increases the chance of a crash by 23 times.
- Dialing a phone increases the chance of a crash by 2.8 times.
- Talking or listening on a cellphone increases the chance of a crash by 1.3 times.
- Reaching for a cellphone or other electronic device increases the chance of a crash by 1.4 times.
Some people try to justify their inattentiveness by taking safer actions. These people hold the phone near the windshield for better visibility, increase their following distances or only text at red lights. In reality, however, there is no safe way to text and drive.
We Help Victims Of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you suffered injuries because of another driver's negligent actions, our attorneys can help you receive the compensation you need and deserve. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe us nothing until we obtain a favorable settlement on your behalf.
Schedule your free consultation with one of our lawyers by completing our online form or calling 734-545-8421.