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.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.