Car Accidents Related to Cell Phones
In Maine and elsewhere in the nation, drivers are increasingly distracted by the technology that is at their fingertips. Where the radio or cassette player might have once been the greatest electronic distraction in the car, today’s drivers may have to interact with navigation systems, sophisticated audio devices, and even DVD players. Perhaps the most ubiquitous distraction is the cell phone.
If you have been injured in Maine due to another driver’s using a cell phone—whether texting, talking, checking email, or any other activity—contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Briggs & Wholey. Our dedicated attorneys and staff will work diligently to see that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.Car Accidents Related to Cell Phone Use Are on the Rise
According to the National Safety Council, approximately 24 percent of all car accidents occur because of cell phone use while driving.
In Maine, there is no outright ban on the use of cell phones while driving. It is illegal for any driver to send or receive a text message while driving. Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using cell phones at all, as are drivers with learner’s permits or intermediate licenses. Although many states have passed a hands-free law, which requires drivers to use a hands-free device to talk on the phone while driving, Maine has not yet enacted such a law. However, general distracted driving laws do apply to cell phone use.
Under Maine law, drivers owe a duty of reasonable care to others around them, including other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Driving while distracted—whether by a cell phone or anything else—constitutes of a breach of this duty. If a distracted driver causes an injury to another person, the driver is liable in damages to the injured person. Damages may include compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
By law, Maine drivers must carry at least $50,000 in liability insurance in the event of an accident. While this may seem like a large amount, a serious car accident can do substantially more damage when you add up the medical expenses, property damage, and any income not earned during a recovery period.Our Experienced Injury Attorneys Can Help You Recover
If you were involved in a car accident due to another driver’s use of a cell phone, the first step is to seek medical attention. Even if you think you did not sustain serious injuries, even minor injuries can worsen over time if not properly and timely treated. Before speaking with an insurance representative, you should consult an experienced car accident attorney. Insurance companies represent their own interests and often seek to minimize the amount you receive for your injuries.
With more than 50 years’ combined experience, the attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have been helping injured victims recover the compensation to which they are entitled under law. Our injury attorneys have successfully represented victims and families throughout Maine in many types of car accident cases, including accidents related to cell phone use and other distracted driving. At Briggs & Wholey, we are skilled advocates with the knowledge and experience to help you maximize your recovery. Call us today at (888) 596-1099 for your free, confidential consultation, or contact us online.