About Texting And Driving Accidents In Indiana
Today, we heavily rely on our cellphones to communicate with each other via call or text, remain updated on current events and perform other day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, many people can’t keep their hands and eyes away from these devices while they are operating a vehicle. Texting and driving has been proven to be hazardous, yet these practices persist.
Indiana Cellphone Laws In A Nutshell
Unless you are a driver under the age of 21, you are allowed to talk on a cellphone while driving in Indiana. For drivers under the age of 21, talking on a cellphone while driving is illegal, except for calling 011.
Texting And Driving Laws – Is It Illegal To Text And Drive In Indiana?
Talking on cellphones while driving is not illegal in Indiana, but texting while driving is. According to Indiana Code 9-21-8-59, Indiana’s Distracted Driving Law, it is unlawful for drivers to type a text message, read emails, type a message on social media or type on your phone for any reason while driving. This includes while sitting at a red light because although you are not moving, you are still driving a vehicle. Drivers under the age of 18 are absolutely prohibited from using a cellphone while driving for any reason, whether they do so with a handheld or hands-free device.
This law is considered a “primary law” giving officers the right to pull you over to give you a ticket for this reason alone. They are not required to see another driving offense before pulling you over. Numerous studies have continued to prove that texting while driving or simply being on a cellphone at all while driving is as bad as and sometimes worse than driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Dangers Of Texting And Driving
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. Based on a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation, cellphones are involved in 1.6 million auto accidents every year, resulting in approximately half a million injuries and 6,000 fatalities.
Sending or receiving a text or email takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of under five seconds. If the texting driver travels 55 mph, he or she will drive an equivalent of the length of a football field without knowing what’s in front of them.
Helping People Injured In Car Accidents Involving Texting And Driving
If you suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by a texting driver, McGlone Law in Terre Haute is committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve.
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With more than eight decades of combined experience, our personal injury lawyers possess a comprehensive understanding of Indiana driving laws to guide you through the intricacies of the legal system.
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Considering that texting while driving is illegal in Indiana, those who are injured in collisions involving texting drivers may have stronger cases as they pursue compensation for their injuries. Our auto accident attorneys can investigate the collision, gather evidence, and develop an effective and personalized case strategy to obtain the most favorable outcome possible, taking into account all proof of another driver’s negligence, such as texting while driving.