California’s Distracted Driving Laws Seek to Reduce Accidents
If you have driven on the highway in California at any point in the last decade, you have undoubtedly had a frightening encounter with a distracted driver. Whether it is the driver weaving, driving slowly on a highway, or drifting slowly into your lane, you have likely noticed that their heads are looking down at their laps or that they are blatantly holding the phone at eye level as they type their text replies.
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving in the United States killed 3,500 people and injured 400,000 others. One California traffic survey found that 61 percent of respondents had been hit or nearly hit by someone talking or texting on a cell phone. And according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving makes you 23 more times likely to be involved in an accident. All of these statistics tell one story: distracted driving is dangerous to everyone.
California’s Efforts to Reduce Distracted Driving
California’s legislators have taken steps to curtail distracted driving, and have put into place several laws that are designed to deter and punish distracted driving:
Ban on Use of Handheld Cell Phones: No driver in California may use a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle on a state road, unless the driver is making an emergency call, operating an emergency vehicle, or on private property. Using a handheld cell phone means physically holding the phone to your ear to make a call. Passengers can make calls in this manner.
Use of Hands-Free Devices: Drivers over the age of 18 in California may use hands-free devices to make calls while operating a vehicle, including Bluetooth or other earpieces, provided that it is only covering one ear. These drivers may also use the speakerphone function on their cell phone. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use any electronic device, whether hands-free or not, while operating a vehicle, unless it is being used to make an emergency call.
Ban on Texting While Driving: California bans all drivers from texting while driving or any other use of a cell phone unless the driver is turning off or on the GPS function of the phone.
Even With Rules, Accidents Happen
Even with the deterrence and punishment associated with laws like these, individuals continue to use their cell phones, text, and surf the internet while piloting a two-ton hunk of metal down the road at 60 miles per hour. Because of this, accidents, injuries, and deaths are caused by distracted driving. If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, do not wait to contact an experienced California distracted driving accident attorney. An attorney will immediately step in to ensure that you are not responsible for communicating with the insurance company covering the at-fault driver. He or she will also act quickly to gather evidence and put together as strong a case as possible in an effort to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Distracted Driving Accident Case in California
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a distracted driving crash in California? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at The Paris Firm represent clients injured because of a texting and driving accident in San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim and throughout California. Call 909-469-5127 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 15335 Fairfield Ranch Road Suite 125 Chino Hills, CA 91709.
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