With today’s abundant smartphone and tablet use, it’s easy to see why many states have passed laws against texting and driving. Talking on the phone, changing the radio station, or eating behind the wheel can be distractions that cause serious and even deadly car accidents. Here’s what you need to know about distracted driving.
Alabama Laws Against Texting and Driving
Alabama has laws against texting and driving that can be enforced by police officers, who are able to stop and cite individuals they clearly see texting while driving. One catch is that officers must be able to determine that the driver was not entering a phone number into the phone at the time they were seen using the device in order to write a ticket. Although State Representative Alan Harper’s bill for general distracted driving in 2015 was defeated, this bill would have made it illegal to drive distracted by engaging in any cell phone use behind the wheel, and would have included other distracting activities, like grooming.
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to the CDC, distracted driving causes the deaths of 8 people every day in the United States, and an additional 1,161 are injured. These deaths and injuries are completely preventable and are the result of individuals choosing to engage in activities that are distracting while they are driving, when they have a duty to be paying attention to the road and responding to vehicles around them.
Were You or a Loved One Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident?
Distracted driving that causes an accident is, in many cases, considered negligence and is compensable under Alabama law. If you or a loved one were injured, or a loved one was killed in a car accident that resulted from distracted driving — including cell phone use of any kind — you may be eligible to seek financial restitution for the damages you incurred as a result of the accident.
At the Black Belt Law Center, P.C., we have the experience and resources to help you fight the good fight after being injured in a car accident through no fault of your own. If someone else’s negligence caused you or a loved one to become injured, we will aggressively advocate for your right to compensation for your medical bills, vehicle damage, lost wages, and other expenses related to the accident.
Contact the Black Belt Law Center, P.C. today to learn more about distracted driving accidents and to discuss your case with an experienced car accident lawyer. Call now at (866) JTLaw-66.