Texting and driving accidents continue to occur in Michigan

Although it is illegal for drivers to text and operate a vehicle in Michigan, texting and driving accidents continue to increase.

When drivers in Michigan choose to text and drive, they endanger the lives of those on the road with them. According to Distraction.gov, the number of people killed in distracted driving car accidents decreased from 2011 to 2012. However, within this same time period, the number of people injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver increased by nine percent.

Texting and driving bans don't help

In Michigan, according to the Michigan State Police, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle and text. Those found violating this law will be fined $100 for a first offense and $200 for any subsequent offenses. Although this law is designed to prevent the wide range of injuries that can occur from a distracted-driver collision, research shows that such bans do not minimize these accidents.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, not only are texting and driving bans ineffective, but they may also cause an increase in the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. To come to this conclusion, researchers analyzed the number of insurance claims filed for damage to vehicles in car accidents in Louisiana, Minnesota, Washington and California before and after the enactment of a texting ban.

After this data was collected, researchers then compared it with other claims filed in surrounding states. In three of the four states, it was discovered that the number of crashes actually increased after new texting and driving legislation was passed.

Drivers recognize the dangers

Not only is texting and driving in Michigan illegal, but a large number of drivers also recognize that it is a hazardous activity. According to Business Insider, a new survey from AT&T Inc. discovered that, of the 1,004 drivers who participated, approximately 98 percent of those who said they own a cellphone and use it to text regularly admitted that they were aware of the dangers of texting and driving. However, this study also revealed that:

  • Nearly 75 percent of participants admitted that they had texted and operated a vehicle simultaneously
  • Approximately 25 percent of those who participated reported that they believed they could handle doing two things at once while driving
  • About 66 percent reported that they had read text messages while sitting at a stop sign or a red light

When drivers to text while operating a vehicle, they significantly increase their chances of causing a fatal or injurious car accident. If you incurred serious injuries after involvement in a crash caused by a negligent driver, consult with an attorney in your area to help protect your rights to proper compensation.

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