You’re driving down Interstate 10 and you hear it. That little “bing” on your phone that tells you that you have a text message. Do you read it? Well, you know you shouldn’t. You know texting and driving is dangerous. So you tell yourself, “I won’t really read it; I’ll just take a peek….” The next thing you know, your car is careening around the highway, and you end up in a crash.
The Danger is Real.
According to statistics, 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities are caused by distracted driving (talking or texting while driving).
On average, every day there are at least 9 deaths caused by distracted driving.
Texting while driving is not only distracting, it’s negligent. It has been said to be the equivalent of driving while intoxicated.
Accidents caused by texting and driving in many states can result in the victim’s family filing a wrongful death action. In some states, like Georgia and Florida, jury awards in such cases have reached into the millions.
Louisiana Fines Are Fierce.
In Louisiana, texting and driving have been illegal since 2008. As recently as July 2018, the fines associated with distracted driving jumped to $500 for a first-time offense. That amount increases to $1,000 for each subsequent time you are caught texting while driving.
It’s not only texting and driving that is illegal in Louisiana. The law prohibits a number of other cell phone uses while driving, such as:
- Browsing the internet while driving
- Posting to social media while driving
- Using a cellphone in any way while driving in a school zone during posted hours.
Drivers under 18 and those with a learner’s permit or intermediate license and school bus drivers have additional restrictions they must follow.
Louisiana’s distracted driver laws are aimed at reducing the number of fatalities caused each day by distracted driving and protecting the people of Louisiana.
The danger is real.
Preventing it is easy.
Don’t text and drive.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to distracted driving, call us. We are experienced personal injury attorneys who fight to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We offer FREE consultations and in many cases, we do not get paid unless you win your case. We have offices in Baton Rouge, and we serve Baker, Denham, Gonzales, Port Allen, Prairieville, New Orleans, and Zachary. So call (225) 465-1232 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.