Wisconsin Distracted Driving

Wisconsin Distracted Driving – What It Is What It Brings You

Wisconsin Distracted Driving is inattention to the task of driving. Distracted Driving is usually caused by permitting yourself to be distracted by someone or something. Before the internet and digital advancement, changing cassettes while driving used to be a source of distraction. Today, dialing or texting on a cell phone are habits responsible for untold deaths and misery to Wisconsin families, motorists, and passengers. Drinking, texting and driving are illegal in Wisconsin. This Can Wait because, It Is Not Worth It:

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Wisconsin Distracted Driving, Drinking, and Cellular Phone Usage.

Wisconsin registered a 8.2%  increase in crashes involving distracted drivers between 2014 and 2015. Distracted Driving killed 16% of all people in Wisconsin traffic accidents in 2015

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), says that “Smartphones Are Major Culprit Behind Accidents”. http://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-distracted-driving-crashes-8-percent-2015

There were 24,016 crashes involving distracted driving in 2015

There were 10,615 Injuries involving distracted driving in 2015 and,

94 traffic fatalities or deaths involving distracted driving in 2015.

Wisconsin Distracted Driving has been the attention of many resulting in the enactment of a Wisconsin Law Governing Cell Phone Usage While Driving. It is illegal for any driver with a probationary license or instruction permit, to use a Cell Phone while driving except to report an emergency.

Cell phone use while driving is against Wisconsin law for any driver with a probationary license or instruction permit, except to report an emergency. The law applies to all cell phones: handheld and otherwise.

The cognitive hangover following cell phone usage lasts 27 seconds and that often has tragic consequences.

http://www.apa.org/research/action/drive.aspx

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/346/XIII/89/3

Texting while driving is against the law for all Wisconsin drivers.

An Act to amend 346.95 (1); and to create 346.89 (4m) of the statutes; Relating to: the use of a cellular or other wireless telephone while driving a motor vehicle in a construction zone and providing a penalty

Effective October 1, 2016, it is illegal to talk on a handheld mobile device while driving in a Wisconsin road work zone area.

Current law prohibits inattentive driving of a motor vehicle, which includes:

  1. being engaged or occupied with an activity, other than driving the vehicle, that interferes with the person’s ability to drive the vehicle safely;
  2. driving a motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text message or an e−mail message, subject to various exceptions;
  3. a probationary license or instructional permit holder driving a motor vehicle while using a cellular or other wireless telephone; and
  4. operating or being in a position to directly view an electronic device that provides visual entertainment, subject to various exceptions.

Any person convicted of the first two forms of inattentive driving may be required to forfeit not less than $20 nor more than $400, and any person convicted of the third or fourth forms of inattentive driving may be required to forfeit not less than $20 nor more than $40 for a first offense and not less than $50 nor more than $100 for a second or subsequent offense within one year.

This bill prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle while using a cellular or other wireless telephone in a construction zone, except to report an emergency. The prohibition does not apply to the use of a voice−operated or hands−free device if the person does not use his or her hands to operate the device, except to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the device.

You Must Do The Following After An Accident In Milwaukee, WI:

Remain keenly aware of surroundings.

Note what other driver or drivers are doing. Are they putting their phones away? Ask yourself if you remember seeing the other driver or drivers on the phone right before the accident.

Wisconsin Distracted Driving having taken place, you now must deal with the consequences from it. These consequences may involve life, liberty, and the denial of the pursuit and enjoyment of liberty. Your actions have consequences and so do those of the other drivers.

Deal With What Wisconsin Distracted Driving Has Dealt You:

  1. Call 911 and report the accident to the dispatcher. Describe what you are seeing. Remember to give details to police when they arrive.
  2. Do Not admit fault. Wait until we evaluate your accident before you voluntarily assign blame to yourself. Words have meanings you may not understand won’t help your case. All words matter and each word matters. Until we review your Accident Report, interview you and evaluate your facts and circumstances, you must not admit fault to your family, friends, neighbors, passengers, police, insurance companies, doctors or nurses.
  3. Everyone Here Is An Enemy. When Police arrives, make sure you describe fully what you remember seeing before the accident, how the accident occurred, your opinion regarding why it occurred and what happened to you, your vehicle and your passengers upon impact with offending vehicle and any other secondary impact with vehicles or objects.
  4. Write or Record with phone audio recording device, names, addresses, phone numbers, drivers licenses of drivers and witnesses especially if witnesses are reluctant to wait for law enforcement. Check and record or write front and rear license plates of each vehicle that may be leaving the accident scene, who is driving which car and who did what.
  5. Take Pictures or Video of Crash Site or Accident Scene. Record brake and tire markings, location of broken pieces and other objects that don’t belong on roadway, location of vehicle damage on the vehicles
  6. Medical Condition. If you already have a medical condition, it is always a good idea to call your physician to advise them just in case they think it necessary to alert the emergency room physicians who will most likely attend to your injuries.
  7. Do Not Refuse Medical Attention. There are a lot of injuries and symptoms that don’t manifest themselves right away and even when they do, some people do not immediately notice the symptoms. Follow the instructions of the Emergency Room Physicians and Nurses and make sure that you immediately fill prescriptions issued to you in the Emergency Room.

Wisconsin Distracted Driving & Insurance – Claims To Recover For Injuries & Losses

Insurance Companies About Money.

  • Insurance Calls – Anyone calling you for and on behalf of an insurance company about your accident and injuries or, the accident and, unfortunately, death of a loved one, is not your friend. They are trying to see how the information you give them, can be used against you so they avoid paying you or if they pay, pay pennies.
  • Be Polite & Courteous – As engaging and friendly as someone might sound, always politely request their name, telephone number, claim number, who they insure and then, politely advise them that someone will be calling them back on your behalf. Be courteous.
  • Never Agree To Record Your Conversation – Unless I am present with you, always decline invitation to record your conversation. Your insurance company will remind you about your obligation to cooperate with their investigation and handling of the claim pursuant to the terms of your insurance policy. Very true! However, that doesn’t mean and is not the equivalent of “you MUST speak with me now”. Assure them of your cooperation as soon as your lawyer permits you to speak without his presence. You have a right to protect your interests either directly or indirectly.
  • Insurance companies and insurance company adjusters are neither your friends nor your relatives.

 

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a Wisconsin Distracted Driving crash, Call the Wisconsin Distracted Driving Personal Injury Law Firm of Emmanuel L. Muwonge & Associates, LLC. (414) 933-4144.

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