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Auto Accident Attorneys in Michigan Discuss New Statistics On Increase Of Teen Distracted Driving Car Accident Deaths

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The distracted driving car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. discuss recent study on increase of teen deaths and a victims rights after injuries in a Michigan auto accident.

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Auto Accident Attorneys in Michigan Discuss New Statistics On Increase Of Teen Distracted Driving Car Accident Deaths

  1. 1. Car accidents remain the number one cause of death among teenage drivers. In fact,according to a recent study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, deathsof 16 and 17 year olds in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2012 were up 19 percentover the same time period in the previous year. Reports showed that there were 107 teendrivers killed in that sixth month period in 2012, compared to 86 teen deaths in 2011 inthat same time period.State official believe that this increase in car accidents among teens is due to theadvancement in technology, which allows a greater opportunity for teens to drive whilebeing distracted. In another study to back that reasoning, done by the Wireless Association(CTIA), in the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent orreceived in the United States, up nearly 50% from June 2009.Driving while texting is a form of distracted driving, and is extremely dangerous, yet verycommon, particularly among teenagers. In Michigan alone, according to MLive.com, 61% ofteens admitted to texting while driving. The use of a cell phone while driving proved to bedangerous and very apparent in Michigan, as MLive also released reports that since 2001,800 car accidents per year involved cell phone use. In addition, in 2010, in the State ofMichigan, from January to June, there were a total of 397 car accidents that involved cellphone use.Other studies have also shown that dangerous crashes are not just limited to texting whiledriving car accidents. Distracted driving can also consist of eating, talking to passengers,applying makeup, reading (including maps), using a navigational system, adjusting theradio, attending to children in the back seat, and more.Michigan law does prohibit to text while driving. The Michigan anti-texting law (sec.257.602.b) states that driver shall not “read, manually type, or send a text message on awireless 2-way communication device that is located in the persons’ hand or in the person’slap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personalcommunication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway orstreet.”Persons killed or injured in a Michigan auto accident due to a negligent driver texting whiledriving, or any other form of distracted driving do have the legal to pursue claims forpersonal injuries against the negligent driver as well as a claim for no-fault insurancebenefits. Victims, including teens injured in Michigan auto accident, even if considered atfault, may also have means to file a claim for no-fault insurance benefits.If an individual is killed in a distracted driving auto accident, the family of the deceased mayhave the right to file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit and/or file a claim for survivor lossbenefits. Survivor loss benefits may be able to be claimed even if the driver killed was atfault for the collision.“When an individual is injured in an accident, it is important that that person hires aMichigan car accident attorney who will pay detailed attention to the case. By limiting thenumber of cases our personal injury law firm accepts, our top rated auto accident attorneyscan devote our full time and energy to each client,” says Partner and Trial AttorneyLawrence J. Buckfire.About Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Michigan personal injury law firm that had developed areputation as experienced legal professionals who produce consistent proven results. The
  2. 2. firm represents victims injured and killed in all types of distracted driving motor vehicleaccidents, including car, motorcycle, and truck. The distracted driving car accidentlawyers in Michigan at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. also have significant experience inassisting victims and their families file no-fault insurance claims against the insurancecompany for injuries suffered in a texting while driving accident, or any other type of autoaccident. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. has been featured on The Detroit News, Detroit FreePress, CNN Money, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, dbusiness Magazine, Fox 2 News, and more.For a free legal car accident consultation call 800-606-1717 or visit the law firm website atBuckfireLaw.com

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