April 29th, 2016|
One of the biggest killers on Birmingham roads are cell phones. They distract drivers, leading to thousands of fatal accidents in the U.S. every year. In 2014 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed due to distracted driving and an additional 430,000 were injured. These devastating statistics are why Alabama lawmakers have made it against the law to text and drive in the state. Doing so puts everyone in your vehicle and those in the vehicles around you at risk.
But what specifically does the law state? Essentially, motorists in Alabama must be parked on the shoulder of a highway, street, or road before reading, typing, or sending a text. That means whether your vehicle is in motion or stopped at a stoplight, it’s against the law to text. If you are caught, fines range from $25-$75, but the cost can be substantially higher if your texting leads to an accident.
At Cory Watson, we’ve seen firsthand the dangers of distracted driving, which is why we fully support the no texting and driving laws in Alabama. If you’ve been injured in an accident that involved distracted driving, give us a call. We’re committed to holding distracted drivers accountable for the harm they cause others, and will do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.