It happens every day; a driver takes their attention off the road for a few seconds and an accident occurs. Distracted driving is a serious problem not only in Alabama, but the entire country. In 2018, it killed 2,418 people and injured thousands more across the country and took the lives of 39 Alabamians. In a single year, distracted driving was a factor in over 1,400 Alabama car accidents. Though most people don’t think twice about taking their eyes off the road for something trivial, the consequences can be disastrous. These shocking numbers are one of the many reasons laws exist to prevent distracted driving, but the laws don’t cover enough risky behaviors to keep you truly safe on the road.
Distracted Driving Laws
Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get into accidents than other drivers; that’s one reason Alabama prohibits anyone under 18 from using a mobile device. Adults are prohibited from using smartphones or computers, programming a GPS address, and sending or reading a text while driving. However, the law doesn’t cover in-car screens and “infotainment” systems; it also doesn’t prohibit use of video streaming services, video chats, or games. Connecting a phone to Bluetooth in a car, searching for radio channels, or answering a call on the car’s hands-free system are all legal but can be deadly.
There is also no law in Alabama against distracted driving behaviors such as interacting with passengers, reading a billboard outside the car, putting on makeup, shaving, or even changing clothes while driving – all of which are negligent behaviors that have been responsible for wrecks, injuries, and deaths.
Contact an Alabama Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident, get in touch with the skilled Mobile Car Accident Attorneys at Stevenson Klotz today. Our team knows how to protect your legal rights, investigate the cause of your accident to determine if distracted driving was a factor, and fight to get maximum possible compensation for your injuries. We have years of experience working with victims like you and have recovered millions of dollars for their injuries. Call us at (850) 706-4226 or fill out our online Contact Page to schedule your no obligation, free initial case consultation today. Let us evaluate your unique situation, answer your questions, explain the process, and put you on track to get your life back today.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.