California Texting Laws are Clear and Concise
California texting laws are clear and concise; don’t do it. Texting while driving a vehicle is illegal. Law in California states drivers under 18 may not have a cell phone of any sort while driving. Adults, however, are permitted to use a hands free device unless they are on the job as a school bus or transit operator. The consequences are dire and can even be deadly.
Teenagers and young adults remain the highest offenders of the texting laws. While many anti-texting media campaigns have run in recent years, the statistics show evidence that these instances are still occurring on a regular basis among that age demographic.
The laws are so cut and dry because the risk of killing someone while driving distracted is so high. Driver distractions are the number one cause of car accidents and near-collisions in California. The California department of Motor Vehicle reports a study that shows 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes entail a type of driver distraction.
Any number of issues can evolve from texting while driving, anything from a sprained ankle or mild concussion to severe lacerations, internal injuries and death. Perpetrators of distracted driving are often nice people who don’t mean to cause harm, nevertheless, it happens. Victims of a distracted driver can face immeasurable pain and financial problems due to missed work, pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Distracted driving means more than texting. While texting is the most known due to its recent rise, there are other ways drivers get distracted. The study stated by the DMV states many other issues that cause drivers to become distracted. Other issues can include
- Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle or swatting at an insect
- Watching an event or object outside the window of the vehicle
- Making notes and reading
- Brushing hair and applying makeup
- Adjusting the radio
Texting and driving while otherwise distracted is a crime but isn’t always treated as one since most distracted driver do not mean to cause harm. Victims of a distracted driver are often left without full compensation for their injuries, damages and losses.
When involved in an accident with a distracted drive it is important to remain as calm as possible. The first step should be to call the police and obtain a accident report. Try to take pictures at the scene and remember as many details as possible. These actions at the scene will be of immense help to a car accident attorney later.
Things like medical bills, replacement vehicles, lost wages and rehabilitation can be low-balled by insurance companies and not be enough to reconcile everything. Hiring Moseley Collins as a car accident attorney ensures you have the tools to get an adequate settlement in your distracted driving case. As a Christian attorney, he strives to serve his injured clients to the very best of his ability.