According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving has become an epidemic throughout America, causing many needless deaths and injuries. In 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available, over 3,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes that arose from distracted driving, and another estimated 424,000 people were injured. As you can tell from these statistics, distracted driving is a major problem that contributes greatly to motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries and fatalities.
Most people think that distracted driving occurs when individuals are reading or sending text messages while driving. Given the prevalence of text messages, which number 153.3 billion each year, it is no surprise that texting while driving is a distraction that easily has disastrous results. However, distracted driving also occurs when drivers talk on cell phones, use GPS devices, eat or drink, talk to passengers, brush their hair or apply makeup, watch videos, or adjust radios, CD players, and MP3 players. Not surprisingly, it is younger and more inexperienced drivers who make up the vast majority of distracted drivers.
Wisconsin, along with many other states, has made texting while driving illegal as a primary offense for all drivers. Furthermore, novice drivers may not use cell phones at all, whether handheld or hands-free, while driving. Despite these state laws, however, individuals continue to drive while distracted, which, in turn, can have disastrous results.
When a motor vehicle accident occurs as a result of distracted driving, and causes injury to a passenger, driver of another vehicle, or even a pedestrian, the injured individual may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. However, there are strict time limits on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, and you can lose your right to compensation if you do not make your claim in time. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and set up your free consultation today.