distracted driving laws

Indiana Man Crashes Car While Texting and Driving

by fst | July 6th, 2011

July 6, 2011

A new Indiana law banning texting while driving went into effect last Friday, and the Indy Star reports that authorities ticketed one of the first offenders after he drove through building in Richmond, Indiana.

The accident occurred around 12:30 PM Tuesday, as the 21-year-old driver headed south on Chester Boulevard. The young man told police he was texting and driving when his Chevrolet sedan crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and jumped a curb. The car went through the front wall of a medical equipment company, traveling about 50 feet through the building before smashing through the other side. A witness told police that the vehicle was going “pretty fast,” and she initially thought the driver was having a seizure. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. The driver was ticketed for operation of a handheld communication device while operating a mobile vehicle, making him one of the first individuals to be cited under the new ban.

Distracted driving has become a leading cause of vehicle fatalities in recent years, killing as many people as speeding and drunk driving.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s distracted driving, contact an Indiana Auto Accident Attorney with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin immediately.

Texting And Driving Banned In Indiana After July 1

by fst | June 22nd, 2011

June 22, 2011

After June 30th, you had better think again about sending someone a text message if you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. According to The Tribune Star, Indiana’s distracted driving law is undergoing some major overhauls that take effect July 1.

It will now be illegal to type, send, or read a text message or e-mail while operating a motor vehicle, punishable by a fine of up to $500. Current distracted driving laws prohibit drivers less than 18 years of age from operating any wireless device while behind the wheel.

Officers are finding that it will be a difficult law to enforce due to the many uses of cell phones today as calendars, music players, and other various functions. It is up to an individual officer’s discretion whether an infraction has occurred. Law prohibits authorities from confiscating a phone to see recent activity.

The wording of the law has many worried that it may not be effective, as it still allows talking on the phone and using the phone for numerous other applications such as video games or browsing the internet.

These activities can be just as dangerous as texting and driving and can just as easily lead to an accident that hurts yourself or someone else. The Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin may be able to help you if you were hurt because of someone else’s negligent driving.