Texting or talking to a client who has a question that can’t wait until the morning. Putting on makeup or getting in a quick shave before a job interview. Eating breakfast or drinking your morning coffee on the go. Setting your GPS as you set off on a long weekend. Even disciplining squabbling siblings in the back seat. Sound familiar? That’s because many people do all of these things while behind the wheel – and more – without thinking twice. More important, they often believe that they are still in control of their vehicle at the time and that accidents only happen to the other drivers who have put themselves on auto-pilot.
But that belief does nothing to change the fact that distracted driving is extremely dangerous:
As of January 1, 2012, the legislature of Nevada enacted a law that makes it illegal for drivers to use a handheld cell phone or similar device while behind the wheel. Drivers cannot make calls, text, read e-mails or surf the web from these devices.
To put some teeth into this law, Nevada now imposes penalties for anyone breaking the strict cell phone usage rules, including fines of up to $250. Enforcers are stepping up to the plate and looking for violators whose behind-the-wheel activities put others at risk.
If you were injured in an accident – whether you suspect the other driver was distracted at the time or not – you do have legal recourse. Speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands Nevada’s laws to find out if your case has the makings of a personal injury lawsuit.
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