Distracted driving is the number one cause of teen deaths in the United States, killing approximately 7,000 teenagers each year. According to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. Distracted driving has shown to be just as dangerous as driving drunk.
Michigan recently passed Kelsey’s Law SB756 making it illegal for teens to use a cell phone with a level 2 graduated license. A level 2 graduated license is when a teen is allowed to drive without a parent or legal guardian, and or someone 21 years of age. If a teenager violates Kelsey’s Law they will receive a civil infraction.
Obviously teens are less experienced behind the wheel, because it is a continuing learning experience for everyone. There are sudden instances when you may have to stop abruptly; taking your eyes of the road for one second can increase your chances of being involved and injured in a Michigan auto accident. As a result, to further prevent distracted driving fatalities in Michigan, Rick Snyder passed Kelsey’s Law.
Michigan Car Accident Lawsuit For Distracted Driving
Persons injured in a Michigan car accident due to a negligent driver driving while distracted do have legal rights. The injured victim has legal right to pursue claims for personal injuries and no-fault insurance benefits. No-fault insurance benefits include payment of medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care, and other benefits.
The injured car accident victim can also make a personal injury claim against the distracted negligent driver for pain and suffering damages. This can include physical pain and suffering, but also emotional pain and suffering as well.
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