Any type of motor vehicle is extremely powerful, which means that a driver who isn’t paying attention, even for just a second, can cause significant damages to other vehicles and to other drivers, passengers, and bystanders. When you aren’t completely focused on driving, you can pose a serious danger to others on Wisconsin roadways.
Unfortunately, in today’s hurried and increasingly technological society, we all have a tendency to multitask, even while driving. It is extremely common to see many drivers eating, applying makeup, searching for items in the backseat, and using their cell phones for talking or texting. Whenever a driver is multitasking, he or she is distracted from the most important activity – driving. All too often, the result of distracted driving is catastrophic, both for the distracted driver, but other drivers and passengers, as well.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for almost 20% of motor vehicle crashes in 2008. During that same year, distracted driving resulted in nearly 6,000 fatal crashes and more than half a million injuries nationwide. Given the continued rise in the usage of technology, there is no question that distracted driving crashes will occur, and even increase.
Due to these dangers, Wisconsin law, in general, prohibits drivers from being “so engaged or occupied as to interfere with the safe driving of that vehicle.” Texting while driving, in particular, has become an increasingly common occurrence, particularly in teenagers and younger adults. As a result, typing or sending text or email messages while driving is specifically prohibited under Wisconsin law. The texting while driving law is a primary offense, which means that law enforcement officers can pull over drivers solely for texting while driving; there is no requirement that the driver be committing another traffic offense, as well.
In this age of cell phones, GPS, and other technological devices, it is no surprise that distracted driving is on the rise. Distracted driving can result in motor vehicle accidents that lead to serious injuries to drivers, passengers, and innocent bystanders. For more information about how to properly handle your personal injury claim, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan today.