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Texting and Driving

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South Dakota has a ban on texting and driving, but enforcement measures can be rather lenient. There is currently no law that bans the general use of hand-held devices while driving. That means drivers over the age of 18 are allowed to use hand-held devices while on the road.

Texting and driving is only a secondary offense. This means that drivers can’t be stopped simply for texting while driving. However, if they are stopped for another infraction and it was determined they were texting and driving, they can be cited.

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This lack of strict enforcement puts all motorists in the Sioux Falls area at risk of an accident. In the event of a crash, you should seek the legal advocacy of an experienced auto accident attorney. The knowledgeable legal team at Northern Plains Justice can work with you to hold responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions.

Why texting and driving is so dangerous

At any given moment, you could be sharing the road with someone who is texting and driving. The accidents caused by this distracting behavior can be catastrophic, since the distracted driver is often unaware of obstacles in the road. Texting and driving can result in any type of accident, including:

  • Rear-end collisions: When an intersection approaches or traffic slows down, a motorist engaged in texting and driving may not stop in time to avoid a crash.
  • Head-on collisions: Texting and driving can often cause drivers to veer out of their lane and into oncoming traffic, especially on roads with unexpected curves.
  • T-bone accidents: Intersection accidents are commonly caused by drivers who are occupied with their hand-held devices. When an accident such as this occurs, the driver could either broadside another vehicle or be struck from the side.
  • Lane-departure accidents: Drivers who take their eyes off the road run the risk of veering out of their lane and sideswiping another vehicle.
  • Accidents with stationary objects: Texting and driving has been the culprit behind single-vehicle accidents with trees, building, poles, guard rails and other stationary objects.

A law firm dedicated to helping injured drivers

If another driver caused your crash because he or she was texting and driving, there should be no question who was at fault. You would think that your claim would be cut and dry. But even if there is no doubt the other driver was at fault, his or her insurance company may still try to play games.

Insurance companies often use tricks to downplay or deny your claim. They may ask questions in the hopes that you’ll say something that can later be used against you. That’s why you should not try to handle your claim alone. Leave that to our experienced legal team. We can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and demand the compensation you deserve.

Northern Plains justice is dedicated to helping injured drivers in greater Sioux Falls seek justice. In the event that you have been injured by a distracted driver, don’t hesitate to consult with us online. You can also pick up the phone and call our Sioux Falls office at 605-306-4100.

Sioux Falls

4301 W. 57th Street, Suite 121
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Phone: 605-306-4100
Fax: 605-306-6278
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