Smart Phones vs. GPS Devices
With the 2010 passage of a texting ban in Wisconsin, the use of cellular phones for text messaging while driving has been made illegal. The rationale behind the texting ban is that it protects other motorists from the dangers created by distracted drivers, which has been identified as one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
Using a smart phone as a GPS device causes the same levels of driver distraction as texting, and while defendants may argue that they weren’t texting and therefore were not subject to a fine under the law, it is impossible for a passing officer to distinguish between the activities. If you or someone you love has been harmed by the recklessness of a distracted driver, contact the Wisconsin car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 for information about your legal options.
Safe and Legal Devices
Although using a cell phone as a navigation tool can easily result in a citation under anti-texting laws, there are several devices which are perfectly acceptable guidance assistants, such as:
- Windshield or dashboard mounted portable GPS devices;
- GPS devices built into the car by the manufacturer;
- Any other hands-free device for navigation.
Often an excellent alternative to buying an entirely new device is to use a mount for your phone that allows it to function in the same way as portable GPS device. Programming your directions ahead of time may help you avoid unnecessary accidents.
Despite your own safe habits, cell phones will continue to cause distracted driving accidents. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. will work tirelessly to help ensure that you recover compensation for your medical expenses and any other damages. Call today at 800-242-2874 to speak to a member of our experienced team.