Texting While Driving
Although popular and convenient, reading or sending a text message while driving poses a grave hazard to motorists. In fact, Wisconsin state lawmakers have decided that the practice is so detrimental to the well-being of those on the road that it has now been banned outright, making it an offense punishable by increasing fines for repeat offenders.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone’s reckless decision to text while behind the wheel, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your claim. To learn more about your legal rights and options as an injury victim, contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
Exceptions to the Texting Ban
The dangers of texting are clear. A study published by Virginia Tech University cites a 280 percent increase in the probability of crashes or near-crashes when a driver enters input into a numeral keypad. However, some devices and some instances of texting are allowed under the new law, including:
- Texting under emergency circumstances
- Texting as an emergency worker
- Portable navigational devices
- Hands-free texting devices
As the law prohibits texting, it would also be advisable not to use a smart-phone GPS application as a navigational assistant, seeing how it would be exceedingly difficult for a law enforcement officer to tell the difference between checking directions and sending a text message.
Finding a trusted voice to represent you after an accident can be an arduous task. Let the experienced Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, advise you on your legal rights and options by contacting us today at 800-242-2874.