Recovering Compensation For A Car Accident Caused By Cellphone Use

In our fast-paced and technology-savvy society, it can be easy to develop an addiction to our cellphones. Far too often, however, drivers give into the temptation of texting or talking on their cellphones while driving. The serious nature of so many cellphone car accidents in Michigan demonstrates that calling or texting while driving just isn't worth it.

At Lipton Law in Southfield, Michigan, our car accident lawyers can help you and your family obtain compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical costs, and other losses and damages resulting from a car accident caused by the other driver being distracted by a cellphone. Founded in 1964 — and led by a female attorney with over two decades of legal experience — our dedicated personal injury attorneys know how to get positive results in difficult situations.

Cellphones And Distracted Driving

Cellphone use while driving is a serious form of distracted driving that causes thousands of motor vehicle accidents. What makes cellphone use while driving so dangerous is that it involves all three forms of distracted driving: visual, manual and cognitive. And the statistics don't paint a pretty picture:

  • 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while driving during the day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 391,000 people were injured by distracted driving in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available
  • 3,477 people were killed by distracted driving in 2015

In Michigan, a primary texting ban permits law enforcement officers to stop and cite a motorist for texting while driving without the need for an underlying offense to justify the traffic stop. However, there is no cellphone ban in Michigan that stops drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving, nor is there a ban exclusively for young drivers or bus drivers.

Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable

It only takes a second for a driver to become distracted by reading or sending a text message or answering or making a phone call for a serious crash to take place. Unfortunately, the risks of a motor vehicle accident occurring are high enough without cellphone use factored in — and sadly, there is only so much that even the most experienced driver can do to avoid an accident caused by a driver using a cellphone.

People who suffer injury and the family members of those killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by a cellphone-distracted driver have legal rights and possible options for holding negligent parties accountable. To learn more about how Lipton Law can protect your legal rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve, contact us online or call 248-557-1688 today for a free consultation.