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Arizona looks to regulate map use while driving

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We’re all so familiar with the handy map apps on our phones, a simple click to open and the map automatically updates to find your live location. Great right, especially when you’re driving and get lost- or perhaps run out of gas and want to know where your nearest gas station is. But, as soon as you reach for your phone, you’ve become a distracted driver and may potentially go on to have an accident.

The state of Arizona is now looking to regulate the use of map apps in our vehicles as the increasing number of distracted driver accident cases begins to creep up. We explore why map apps may be causing more crashes than you think and why regulating them may be the right thing.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients who have been in a distracted driving accident because of map apps use.  Our offices are conveniently located in nearby Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person at our nearby offices, over the phone, or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.

Thinking of going on a road trip? Better pack the satnav

We all turn to use our handy smartphones when we’re out and about and want directions but having direct access to phones when driving is against the law. With distracted driving cases drastically rising and drives being caught with their phones, the law in Arizona is starting to take action. Unlike many other states in America, Arizona doesn’t actually condemn the use of texting whilst driving however, it does come down hard on drivers who are found guilty of causing an accident as a result of their careless and reckless driving.

Allowing drivers to become distracted by anything such as a phone is considered punishable in the eyes of the law and that could now include using map apps whilst driving. But, what about those handy apps that have been created specifically to help dodge traffic jams or even take shortcuts? Currently, the law is set to crack down tougher on the use of distracting apps whilst driving although these are just planned regulations and haven’t been passed through just yet.

If you’re planning to travel or fancy a road trip with friends, pack a trusted satnav instead and avoid falling foul of distracted driving and potentially tougher regulations should you be found to be using an app when driving.

Regulating map apps in our cars

Using map apps is not only so easy to do but is convenient and fits into our busy daily lives, but just one glance at the screen away from the road ahead is sometimes all it takes. Whilst the law doesn’t cover texting or speaking on a loudspeaker, The Transportation Department is now considering regulating map apps specifically, in a bid to help reduce the number of preventable accidents that are a direct result of someone using one.

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At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including those from distracted driving accidents because of map apps use in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in a distracted driving accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.