Advances in technology are generally viewed as progress, but there are times when these technological advances cause more harm than good. One such instance is in the advances made with smart phones, and their capabilities. Today’s cell phones are much like mini computers, and the user has the entire internet at his or her fingertips on a moment’s notice. Installing your email on your phone is popular for many workers, because a lot can get done while on a long commute. While it is nice to be able to get things done en route to work, the key is to get your work done safely. Texting and driving, or emailing while behind the wheel has become a real problem. And, the number of accidents that are taking place as a result of this form of distracted driving is on the rise at such a rapid pace that the states are stepping in to make the behavior a crime.
Not every state in the union has a law against texting and driving, but more are implementing some sort of prohibition against the activity in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents that are caused by the activity. In Minnesota, there is a law on the books addressing the issue. The law makes it a crime to text while driving, as follows:
- Sending an electronic message while driving or when a vehicle is in motion is prohibited.
- The prohibition encompasses composing a message, reading a message, or simply pressing “send” on a message.
- Making a phone call or using a hands free device while driving is still allowed, and contacting emergency vehicles is an exception to the ban on using a cell phone while driving.
If you have been in an accident and believe the other driver was in violation of the texting and driving law, it is important to bring out the evidence in this regard. Personal injury claims that involve allegations of texting or emailing while driving must be vigorously pursued, in order to bring about change and in order that the victim receives a full and fair compensation. Our team of skilled personal injury attorneys can help identify the issues present in your case, and develop the evidence in a way that has the most impact. Contact us today for a review of the facts of your case, and for assistance with making a claim that covers all of your injuries.
If you have been in a car wreck or other accident, call our office to schedule an appointment today. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.