If you’re texting or otherwise distracted by your phone while driving, you can face some serious fines and insurance penalties in Alabama. Recently, an Alabama woman was charged with negligent homicide after she rear-ended a vehicle and the crash resulted in the other driver’s death. The negligence homicide charges arose after the authorities discovered that the woman had been locking at Facebook on her phone at the time of the crash.
A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that text messaging while driving can increase the risk of a crash 23 times.
This same study also found the following:
- Distracted drivers account for 18% of all fatal car crashes
- In 2011, 23% of car crashes were caused by cell phone usage
- A typical distracted driver doesn’t look at the road for five seconds at a time
In Alabama, the law is starting to crack down against cell phone usage while driving. If you violate the state law, you will be fined $25 for your first offense, but the fines get larger for later offenses. Furthermore, individual municipalities can create their own penalties, which can be more strict.
Insurance premiums can be affected by any type of mark on your driving record, and a ticket for texting while driving or any other type of distracted driving remains on your record just as a speeding ticket does.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a distracted driver, our Mobile, Alabama car accident attorneys can help represent you to get you the compensation you deserve. We have years of experience with these types of cases and can help you navigate your case. We serve clients in Mobile and all of Alabama and work on a contingency bases. We only collect our fee if we win a settlement for you.