Have you purchased a new iPhone 4s? Are you having fun with Siri or a technology on another phone that allows you to read and compose texts verbally rather than typing them out? This can be a fun tool to use, but is it safe to use while driving and is it legal to do while driving in Kansas? Our Kansas City personal injury lawyers will answer these questions, and more, in this article.
Kansas Distracted Driving Laws
In 2010, a law was passed in Kansas that prohibits drivers from using a wireless communication device to write, send, or read a written communication; the fine for a violation of this law is currently $60. There is no law that prohibits drivers from using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. However, a law does prohibit handheld cell phone use for new drivers.
How the Kansas Texting Law May Apply to Texting by Voice
While the Kansas law does not specifically address voice activated texting while driving, our Kansas City car accident lawyers recommend against it for two reasons. First, texting by voice can be distracting even though your hands do not need to leave the steering wheel. Your concentration may be diverted from driving safely and serious crashes can result. Second, voice activated texting while driving may be illegal in Kansas. The texting while driving ban is silent as to the issue of handheld versus voice activated texting. Additionally, handheld cell phone use is allowed by most drivers while texting is not allowed. For these reasons, we continue to recommend that you wait until you are not behind the wheel to read, write, or send a text or email.
How a Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney May Help if an Accident Occurs
If you have been hurt by a driver who was texting and driving then you may be entitled to damages for your accident injuries. Please contact a Kansas City car accident attorney today at (816) 471- 5111 or toll free at (888) 348-2616 for a free consultation.
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