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Distracted Driving in the State of California: Revisiting Cell Phone Usage Laws

If you live and regularly commute in the State of California, you should already know that it is against the law to drive while using a handheld cell phone. If you are a driver who is visiting from outside of the state, you should be aware of the specific rules and regulations surrounding this law. Regardless of a person’s state of residency, when they drive on California roads, they are obligated to follow the vehicle codes, and if an accident and injury ensue, those drivers can be held accountable for their negligence.

Keeping yourself updated with the laws surrounding driving is mandatory in the State of California. While most drivers will be responsible in keeping themselves updated with these types of laws, there are countless of other drivers who will be careless in doing so. These careless drivers can often be the cause of auto accidents and other similar catastrophes. If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver who was unlawfully using his or her cell phone, you should contact a qualified canyon right away to pursue a claim.

Laws In the State of California

The State of California has a few laws regarding the ban of cell phones while driving. The following is a generalization of these laws.  All drivers:

  • Are prohibited from using handheld cell phones
  • Under the age of 18 years are prohibited from using hands-free cell phones
  • Are prohibited from the use of wireless devices specifically regarding with texting while driving

California is not alone in the trend of establishing such restrictive laws. Many other states are also following this trajectory. With the rise of new technology, many states find that these types of laws are necessary to protect the traveling public. New and improved safety precautions will encourage commuters to practice responsibility while driving. These types of laws also help to lessen the amount of accidents that occur regularly. Studies suggest that there has been a dramatic increase in roadway accidents since cell phones have become more accessible.

The Effects of Distracted Drivers

Unfortunately, while most drivers will practice safe driving, we are not in control of what other drivers do while behind the wheel. Distracted drivers can easily cause preventable accidents. Many of these accidents, sadly, will cost the lives of innocent bystanders or motorists.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you can face a multitude of consequences. Some of the most common consequences may involve, but are not limited to the following:

  • Neck and back injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Severe head and other injuries
  • The inability to return to work; loss of earnings/earning ability
  • Paralysis
  • Lifelong health issues
  • High medical costs and other expenses

Being injured by a distracted driver necessitates the help and support of a qualified attorney who is experienced in prosecuting distracted driving claims. It is important to seek the guidance of an attorney who can champion your rights as a victim.

The attorneys at Heiting and Irwin have extensive experience in the field of distracted driving claims. They are dedicated to assisting victims receive full financial compensation due to the carelessness of distracted drivers.

James Heiting

The only past President of the State Bar of California ever elected from the Inland Empire, James Heiting handles civil litigation matters throughout California, recovering over $300 million for clients, dealing with wrongful death, serious injury, professional malpractice and transportation accidents. Also past President of Riverside’s County Bar, his firm has served the Inland Empire for over 30 years. View Attorney James Otto Heiting's Attorney Bio Here.

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