Distracted driving is dangerous for everyone on the roadway which is why it should be avoided at all costs. Injuries caused by a distracted driving accidents can be costly for victims in several respects which is why they should be aware of the personal injury legal protections to help them.
Tennessee distracted driving laws
In Tennessee, drivers are prohibited from:
- Using a hand held cell phone while driving;
- Texting, including sending, writing or reading a text, while driving;
- Watch a video or a movie on a cell phone while driving;
- Record or broadcast video on a cell phone while driving; or
- Reaching for a cell phone in a way that requires the driver to move from a seated position, properly restrained by a seat belt.
There are many different types of distracted driving. Distracted driving includes any activity that removes the driver’s eyes from the roadway, hands from the wheel or focus from the activity of driving and may be considered negligence. During 2020, there were 20,400 distracted driving accidents in Tennessee. On average, that amounts to 55 distracted driving-related accidents in Tennessee each day. Violations of hands free driving laws in Tennessee can result in citations and fines.
In addition, distracted drivers can be liable for the harm they cause victims. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured victims recover their expenses. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. A personal injury claim for damages can help hold distracted drivers accountable and protect victims.