Texting and Driving | Knowing The Law

Over the last decade the term “distracted driver” has become synonymous with texting and driving. And with the proliferation of so-called smart phones now those distracted drivers are busy replying to comments and posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat and the host of other social networks, or making videos of themselves while driving.

Drivers who knowingly disregard the law and text, or check social media or even try to make videos while driving are putting not only their lives on the line, but also the lives of any passengers in the vehicle. And let’s not forget that these drivers who are so preoccupied with their phones are also putting other drivers on the road in danger.

Why do I share this information? I share it because even though the law states the use of cellular devices by a driver while operating a motor vehicle is illegal in most states. Here in Indiana the law is clear in that it bans cell phone use (handheld and hands free) by novice drivers and bans all ages of drivers from texting.

Now you might be wondering how police officers enforce such a law when there are so many drivers using their phones. Well Indiana’s cell phone and texting laws are considered primary laws. That means that an officer can pull you over and issue a ticket without having to witness another violation. That’s right it’s a tough law! And it’s designed to keep the roads safer.

Hi I’m David Holub, an Indiana personal injury attorney, and I’ve seen my share of cases caused by distracted drivers. That split second you take your eyes off the road to check that message, social media post or comment is all it takes to lose control of your vehicle and alter your life or the life of another person. Is it worth it? No, it’s not. And when I say altered, what I’m referring to is that the life you were so fond of…is forever changed. The accident you caused due to not paying attention to the road may have left someone paralyzed, in a persistent vegetative state or dead. In addition to being charged by the police for causing an accident you most likely will be sued by the family of the person you injured.

That “LOL” you were texting back to a friend is no laughing matter anymore. That smiling emoji that you thought was so cute has now left someone permanently injured or deceased. And that cute video you were filming while driving is to blame for the 14 car pile-up on the Interstate.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of an auto accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver call my office at (219)736-9700 today. Our experienced lawyers will take the time to listen and advise you on what steps to take.

If you text and drive…please stop! If you know someone that habitually checks their phone while driving tell them to stop too, lives could depend on it.

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