Reviewing legal use of a cell phone while driving in Michigan

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We all know that texting while driving can cost drivers and motorists their lives. Not only is it extremely dangerous, but it is against the law in Michigan.

Michigan currently prohibits drivers from accessing their cell phones for reading, writing or sending text messages. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use cell phones in any way while driving, even if they are using a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth. Additionally, drivers of commercial motor vehicles and school vehicles or buses may not use any handheld cell phones.

Handheld phone use is also illegal within the city of Detroit, and there has been discussion at the state legislature of a possible band of handheld cell phone use by drivers statewide.

There are some exceptions to these Michigan laws in the case of an emergency. However, the message is clear: use of a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving constitutes a major a risk to you and anyone on the road around you. Injuries caused by accidents where distracted driving was a culprit could be catastrophic.

Legal Consequences of Using a Cell While Driving

From a legal perspective, a Michigan driver who has been cited for causing an accident while using a cell phone illegally could also be cited separately for use of that phone. The penalties and fines for that second citation can vary based on jurisdiction.

Moreover, if it was determined by Michigan law enforcement during an accident investigation that one person was using his or her cell phone illegally when the accident occurred, it could make it more likely that driver will deemed as being at fault, especially absence of other evidence or when there is uncertainty as to the cause of the accident.

Obviously, if you are determined to be at fault in any accident, any insurance claim will cause your premiums to rise when your annual renewal occurs.

We always encourage clients to only use cell phones in a safe, hands-free manner when driving. Drivers should also be aware of any local ordinances that may severely restrict cell phone use.

Contact Kajy Law, the Michigan Auto Injury Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver on their cell phone, the legal professionals at Kajy Law have the experience to aggressively handle your case. That case may be strengthened if the other driver was using a cell phone illegally.

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