Why Is Distracted Driving Important to Your Michigan Auto Accident Case?
Michigan is a no-fault state. So, a driver's distraction will not always
be a factor in your
car accident case. You may simply recover first-party benefits from your own insurance company
- no matter who is at fault. However, in some cases, you (or your loved
one) may have suffered a "threshold injury."
This is defined under Michigan law as being a "serious impairment
of body function," meaning an injury that is objectively manifested,
impairs an important body function, and affects a person's "general
ability to lead his or her normal life." If this has occurred in
your case, then you can seek third-party benefits from the other driver's
insurance coverage. It will require showing the other driver's fault,
such as distracted driving.
Under Michigan law:
- Drivers of all ages are prohibited from texting while driving
- Drivers under age 18 with a Level 1 or Level 2 learner's permit (novice
drivers) cannot use cell phones of any kind while driving ("Kelsey's
- Commercial motor vehicle drivers and school bus drivers cannot use hand-held
cell phones while driving.
In a suspected distracted driving accident in the Tri-County area, it is
important to review whether the at-fault driver's activities violated
a local ordinance. There are several communities with distracted driving
ordinances that have either been proposed or gone into effect.
Hurt? Turn to Our Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers for Help.
If you or a loved one has suffered a "threshold injury" in an
auto accident in Detroit or elsewhere in Michigan, Goodman Acker P.C.
can assist you in establishing whether the other driver's distraction
caused the crash. We are Detroit's power law firm - a highly skilled,
experienced and ethical legal team that works tirelessly to seek just
compensation for those who have been harmed by the negligence of others,
including victims of distracted drivers.
Contact us today to discuss the details of your distracted driving accident.