Today, we heavily rely on our cell phones 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 them when they are operating a vehicle, especially when it comes to texting.
Unless you are a driver under the age of 21, you are allowed to talk on a cell phone while driving. For drivers under the the age of 21, talking on a cell phone while driving is illegal, except for calling 9-1-1.
Did you know that it is illegal in the state of Indiana to text while driving? 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 cell phone while driving for ANY reason, handheld or hands-free, while driving.
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 cell phone at all while driving, is as bad as and sometimes worse than driving while under the influence of alcohol.
If you suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by a texting driver, McGlone Law is committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. With more than eight decades of combined experience, our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers possess a comprehensive understanding of Indiana driving laws to guide you through the intricacies of the legal system.
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. Based on a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation, cell phones 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.
Since texting while driving is illegal in Indiana, those who are victims of collisions involving texting drivers may have grounds to pursue legal action for their injuries. Our Terre Haute car accident attorney can investigate the collision, gather evidence, and develop an effective and personalized case strategy to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.