Distracted driving is one of the biggest safety concerns in Michigan and across the United States. Despite the fact that most people know it is risky, many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. Law enforcement and other parties continue to fight for fewer distraction-related personal injury incidents by increasing awareness.
In Michigan alone, 72 people died in accidents related to distracted driving, while approximately 7,000 suffered injuries. Across the United States, distracted driving is the reason for 10 deaths every day. Unfortunately, statistics also indicate that distracted driving is the leading cause of death for teens. It is becoming increasingly important to educate all drivers about the dangers of distraction and what behaviors could distract and lead to accidents.
Phone use is the leading cause of distracted driving. However, it is not the only reason why a driver may have his or her mind or eyes on something besides the road. In addition to texting and making calls, distraction can include talking to a passenger, grooming, eating, adjusting the radio and more. Michigan law currently states that drivers cannot read, send or type a text message while driving, and violations can result in fines as high as $200.
Sadly, innocent people often pay the price for someone’s decision to drive while distracted. If a person suffered injuries from this type of accident, he or she may have the option for legal recourse. The law allows for the injured to hold liable parties accountable and seek financial compensation in the form of a personal injury claim.