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Risk of distracted driving crashes prompt proposal for new laws

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In Alabama and across the United States, distracted driving is a constant danger. With the increased use of cellphones, people have a seemingly endless array of potential distractions and many are not shy about using them – even when behind the wheel. Car manufacturers, cellphone companies, law enforcement and legislators emphasize how treacherous this is, but people continue to drive while distracted. Lawmakers in Alabama are considering a bill that would tighten the law in this regard. Still, people are likely to drive distracted and those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision should be aware of their rights.

Law would ban holding a phone when behind the wheel

Statistically, the likelihood of a crash is multiplied by 23 if a person is texting and driving than if he or she is not. A movement is gaining momentum in Alabama for there to be tougher distracted driving laws in the state. While this is mainly focused on cellphones, there are other ways in which people can be distracted. As it stands, drivers are prohibited from texting and driving.

The new law, if passed, would outlaw even holding the device in the hand when driving. Law enforcement has lamented their inability to stop drivers who they know are using their devices behind the wheel. The enhanced laws would grant greater freedom to stop and cite drivers for this infraction. Drivers would no longer be able to use video features on their devices. No calls would be allowed unless there is a hands-free apparatus. If the new law is passed, there can be escalating fines of $100 for the first offense with an increase to $200 and $300 for a second and third offense.

Understanding the options after an auto accident

For people who have suffered personal injury or lost a loved one in an auto accident, it is important to know how and why it happened. While past accidents were frequently due to recklessness, drivers who were under the influence or were drowsy, distracted driving has become so prevalent that it is often the first thought when there is a collision. Medical expenses, a diminished ability to work, lost contributions to a family and long-term problems can come up. If there is a fatality, the family will need to learn to move forward without their loved one. Seeking compensation could be critical in getting beyond the accident. A full investigation is needed and professionals who understand auto accidents and pursuing claims may be able to help.