According to a recent report done by MLive.com, more than 9,000 car accidents in Michigan involved cell phone use. In fact, experts believe the number of accidents is much higher than what the reports show. It is often difficult to get an actual analysis due to the fact that it is often not obvious at the scene of the crash if a cell phone was involved or not.
The MLive.com analysis of Michigan State Police traffic crash data found that since 2001 at least 800 car accidents per year involved cell phone use. During peak years, more than 1,000 crashes involved cell phone use. In 2010 alone, there were a total of 881 phone-involved accidents, with 290 people injured and five victims killed in Michigan auto accident. This year, from January through June, there were a total of 397 accidents.
Texting While Driving and Michigan Law
Under Michigan law, drivers are prohibited form texting while driving. Although, Michigan’s anti-texting law (sec. 257.602.b) only prohibits texting while driving, novice drivers can be banned from all use of cell phone if their phone usage contributes to a car accident or ticket.
Exceptions to the Michigan anti-texting law include when:
- Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency or serious road hazard.
- Reporting a situation in which the person believes his or her personal safety is in jeopardy.
- Reporting or avert the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the individual or another person.
- Carrying out official duties as police office, law enforcement official, member of a paid or volunteer fire department, or operator of an emergency vehicle.
In addition, depending on which city you are driving in Michigan, the ordinances may be different. For example, in the City of Detroit, drivers can only use hands-free devices while operating a vehicle.
Common Michigan Car Accident Injuries Involving Cell Phone Use
Serious injuries are frequent outcomes of Michigan car accidents involving cell phone use or any other form of distracted driving. In car accident cases involving fatalities, the families of a person killed in a car accident can file a Michigan Wrongful Death claim. We represent clients with all types of injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, back and neck injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, scars, and all other serious injuries.
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Contact Your Michigan Car Accident Lawyer
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