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Is hand-free texting legal in Michigan?

Michigan state police understand traffic laws about as well as people can, and they understand, too, what can happen when the statutes are ignored. A recent newspaper article asked troopers to field questions from the public on a variety of traffic-law-related issues and safety concerns.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the questions was about texting while driving and whether not it can be done safely. As police officers know, distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.

The question about distracted driving referred to a car dealer who promises that a vehicle for sale allows for "hands-free driving and texting." That prompts a very good question: "Is hand-free texting allowed under Michigan law?"

The responding officer says the applicable law says that a driver "shall not read, manually type, or send a text message" that's in their hands or lap. So, the officer notes, according to the law, truly hands-free texting is allowed. He goes on to point out that any form of texting, including hands-free, is a distraction.

And if that distraction causes an accident, then the driver might well be issued a citation. Of course, if the accident results in injuries to people in the other vehicle, a traffic ticket for the driver who caused the injuries does nothing for their pain, their medical bills, their lost wages or anything else.

To address those issues, the accident injury victim should speak with an Ann Arbor attorney experienced in pursuing maximum compensation for damages caused by distracted driving.

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