With the dangers of texting while driving well-known to many, the Wisconsin state legislature passed a texting ban in early 2010. New laws often lead to new complications, as citizens try to understand what is made illegal and what is still permissible. Compounding the confusion of the new law, cell phones not only allow for texting capabilities, but can also be commonly used for directions and navigational assistance. For those needing GPS help in finding their way around highway exits and one-way city streets, the new ban on texting can prove problematic.
If you have been injured by someone texting while driving, despite the illegality of the action, you may be entitled to compensatory awards to cover the cost of your damages and injuries. Contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today to talk about the details of your claim.
Permitted versus Inadvisable
The law provides leeway for some GPS functions for drivers to continue to use. These machines include:
- built-in GPS devices provided by a vehicle manufacturer
- portable GPS devices mounted on a windshield or dashboard
- other hands-free navigational assistants
While one may consider the difference between texting and using an application on a smart phone enough to make phone use permissible, it should be noted that a passing officer could easily mistake using a phone-based GPS service for texting while driving and issue a citation. To avoid fines and being pulled over, obtain a device that removes smart phone use altogether or use a passenger to navigate.
Car accidents are a frustrating part of modern life, and paying for their consequences can cause innocent motorists thousands of dollars. A reckless driver who pays more attention to his or her cell phone than to driving poses a real threat to other people on the road. Don’t go without knowing your rights. To get advice that can better prepare you for an injury or damage claim, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.