Texting & Driving Accident Attorneys in Milwaukee
What Are the Texting and Driving Laws in Wisconsin?
In the state of Wisconsin, the laws are very clear and very serious when it comes to driving with a cell phone in their hand. It is against the law for anyone to text while driving. Additionally, no one may use a hand-held cellphone or similar communications device while operating a car or motor vehicle in a road work zone except in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, drivers with probationary licenses or instruction permit in Wisconsin may not use a hand-held or hands-free mobile device except to report an emergency.
Along with the laws criminalizing the act of texting while driving, texting liability can also be brought up in a civil suit. The liability in an accident is weighted against the driver who was found to be illegally texting while behind the wheel of the vehicle.
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Despite these laws, many Wisconsin drivers continue to text while driving. Not only is this illegal, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of all auto accidents nationwide, and many of these collisions lead to devastating injuries or even fatalities.
If you were involved in an accident with a driver who was texting or if your loved one was killed in a collision caused by a distracted driver, Dunk Law Firm is here to provide you with the answers and strong legal representation you need. Our Milwaukee texting and driving accident lawyers understand the laws and how to prove that you deserve compensation for your injuries, financial losses, pain, and suffering.
Why You Need an Attorney for Your Texting/Driving Accident
Proving that another driver was texting just prior to or during the accident can be very difficult. There is a strong likelihood that the other driver will simply deny that they were texting, making it a “you-said/they-said” situation. The other driver’s insurance provider will likely try to deny your claim, or they may offer a much-too-low settlement in hopes that you do not have evidence to support your claim. When this is the case, working with an attorney is crucial.
At Dunk Law Firm, our texting and driving accident attorneys can help you build a case by investigating the following (when available):
- Cell phone records
- Police officer testimony
- Witness statements
- Security camera footage
- Accident reconstruction reports
Our team can also gather your medical records, billing statements, and other applicable documentation to prove how the accident has affected your life. From there, we are able to create a personalized legal strategy aimed at securing the full compensation you need for your current and future damages.
Three Forms of Distracting Make Texting So Dangerous
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Safety Council (NSC), and various other safety organizations, there is clear scientific reasoning behind why texting and driving are so dangerous in combination. The behavior is not just distracting, it is actually three times as distracting as most other behind-the-wheel behaviors.
There are three types of distractions all engaged when texting and driving:
- Manual: Any action that takes the driver’s hands off the steering wheel.
- Visual: Any action that takes the driver’s eyes off the road and rearview mirrors.
- Mental: Any action that takes the driver’s mind off the task of driving.
When texting and driving, a motorist will pick up their phone, read a text message, and think about it, which means all three forms of distractions are present at once. Mental distractions are also believed to linger for at least 30 seconds. In other words, a driver will be thinking about the text they just read for half a minute or more after putting their phone down again.
If the driver that hit you was texting at the time, then it can be argued by our attorneys that they were incredibly distracted by their own behavior. The significant distraction should spike their own liability if not entirely erase yours. The lower your liability, the more compensation you can seek in your claim.
We Truly Care About You & Your Future
If you were injured in a car accident or lost a loved one due to a collision caused by a texting driver, our Milwaukee texting and driving accident lawyers want to help. Here, you are not just another case number. We understand just how much this has impacted your life, and we know all of the challenges you are up against. But, with our attorneys on your side, you can feel confident in meeting those challenges head-on.
Our legal team is prepared to fight tenaciously for you and your recovery. There is no case too complex for us to handle. Throughout the process, we will provide consistent communication and honest legal counsel every step of the way. As members of this community, we are committed to standing up for those who need our help, and we are passionate about protecting the rights of the injured throughout the Milwaukee area.
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