Tennessee lawmakers are putting the brakes on distracted driving. Since July 1, it is now illegal for drivers in the state to hold their phones while operating a motor vehicle. If caught, they could possibly face a $200 fine.
Tennessee saw more than 24,000 distracted driving crashes in 2018 and according to a recent study, the state led the nation in distracted driving deaths from 2015-2017.
What this means for Tennessee drivers
The law says it is now illegal to:
- Hold a cellphone with any body part while operating a motor vehicle.
- Read or write a text-based message at any time while driving.
- Reach for a cellphone or mobile device in a way where the driver is not seated properly.
- Watch a cellphone video or movie on a device while driving.
- Record or broadcast a video while driving.
Motorists can, however, still use GPS navigation if their device is mounted on their vehicle’s dashboard. They can also still use voice-to-text technology.
Suffering goes beyond the victims
While the law is in place, it cannot guarantee that everyone will follow it. Distracted driving of any kind can result in long-lasting injury or even death. The damages incurred can inflict pain and suffering not just on those involved in the crash, but their families and loved ones as well. Along with such serious injuries as brain damage, victims also experience loss of income, increased medical bills and more.
Those affected deserve compensation
Victims often live with their injuries and trauma for the rest of their lives. If you or a family member were severely injured or killed by a distracted driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can help take the case to court and get the compensation you deserve.