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Milwaukee Attorneys Handle Distracted Driving Accidents

Winning compensation after bad judgment turns tragic

Like many states, Wisconsin has passed legislation aimed at distracted driving accidents. At Sperling Law Offices LLC, we’ve handled numerous injury cases where the driver forgot the primary rule of driving: keep your eyes on the road! For more than 30 years, we’ve seen the tragic consequences of undisciplined behavior behind the wheel, and we’ve worked hard to ensure the victims get fair compensation, including reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Wisconsin law restricts cell phone use while driving

Wisconsin prohibits texting for all drivers. Using a handheld or hands-free cell phone while driving, except to report an emergency, is illegal for any driver with a probationary license or instruction permit. This includes probationary drivers over age 18.

Wisconsin empowers law enforcement to stop drivers for cell phone use infractions, or to cite for them if they stop a driver for another violation. While the fines are not high, under certain circumstances, the probationary or instructional driver may have driving restrictions extended by six months.

Studies have shown cell phone use can impair a driver as profoundly as being legally drunk. Unfortunately, too often, authorities only discover there was illegal cell phone use after a deadly car crash.

The heavy toll for distracted teen drivers nationwide

Teens whose driving skills have not fully developed cannot handle multitasking behind the wheel; texting while driving is now the number-one cause of traffic deaths for teens. And cell phones are by no means their sole distraction. Other poor teenage driving habits can include:

  • Viewing computer, tablet or cell phone displays
  • Horsing around with passengers
  • Adjusting the stereo
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading maps or directions
  • Setting or reading global positioning system devices
  • Personal grooming
  • Reaching for items

If you or a loved one has been in an auto accident involving a distracted driver, you must act promptly to preserve evidence of that dangerous behavior, such as witness testimony and phone records. Our personal injury lawyers have assisted hundreds of clients in and around Milwaukee in similar circumstances, and are ready to provide you with the personalized attention your case demands.

Contact a Milwaukee trial attorney to manage your distracted driver claim

Sperling Law Offices LLC works hard to win compensation for victims of distracted driving throughout Wisconsin. To schedule a free consultation, call 414-273-7777 or contact our Milwaukee office online.