WI Accident Attorneys Texting and Driving Consequences
WI Accident Attorneys Explain The Consequences Of Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is an increasingly common and extremely dangerous activity. States all across the country have made it illegal to text and drive and that includes Wisconsin. Accident attorneys have seen a rise in personal injury claims as a result of accidents caused by texting while driving.
What To Expect If You Are Caught Texting And Driving In WI
Texting while driving a vehicle is illegal in Wisconsin. This is true regardless of the driver’s age or license type. Texting while driving falls under Wisconsin’s Inattentive Driving Statute, which means law enforcement officers can stop you if they believe you are texting and driving.
One of the reasons why texting or using a cell phone while driving is so dangerous is because it uses your cognitive, visual, and manual skills all at once. This means you are using your eyes, hands and diverting your attention while driving. Drivers simply cannot focus on driving and the manipulation of cell phones safely at the same time.
If you’ve been caught texting and driving you can expect:
- A four-point inattentive driving ticket and fine. Receiving 12 points in a year can result in a suspended driver’s license.
- A 6-month delay in receiving a probationary license if the driver has an instructional permit.
- Fines and court costs.
- To pay medical, pain and suffering, property damage, insurance and wrongful death costs if sued, not to mention any injuries or financial costs to yourself.
- Higher auto insurance premiums.
While it is easy to assume it is only younger drivers who are texting and driving, that is not the case. Drivers of all ages have caused accidents while texting and driving. Driving experience has no impact on the likelihood of causing an accident. A distracted driver is a distracted driver.
Accident Attorneys Represent Victims
Victims of accidents caused by texting drivers have a right to compensation for their injuries and can file personal injury claims against distracted drivers. Moving on with your life after such an accident can be extremely difficult. Compensating victims of accidents exists to cover the costs you will face as a result of your injuries. You may have insurance or medical bills to pay, a new car to buy, lost wages to replace, or lifelong injuries that will always affect you. In all of these situations, the compensation received from the insurance company or distracted driver can help you move forward in your life.
To learn more about your legal options if you have been hurt by a texting driver, contact Eisenberg Law Offices at 608-256-8356 and schedule a free consultation.