In California, it is illegal to drive while distracted. Of course, most drivers know that this is the law but many still do not follow it. Distracted driving continues to be a problem in California and across the U.S. despite strict rules and punishment.
In 2017, over 3,100 people were killed due to distracted driving across the country. This amounts to nearly 10% of traffic deaths but it believed that the numbers are even higher due to it being difficult to determine in some cases if a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Distractions among teen drivers account for nearly 60% of crashes among teens.
Law on distracted driving in California
California has strict laws in place to try and prevent distracted driving. Actions that are prohibited include:
- Texting while driving.
- Talking on a cell phone while driving.
- Talking hands-free on a phone while driving under the age of 18
Obviously even with these laws, people continue to use their cell phones while driving and engaging in other dangerous distracted driving as well. In fact, thousands of California residents still receive a conviction for cell phone use while driving each year.
Legal recourse for distracted driving accidents
If a person has been involved in an accident with a suspected distracted driver, they may want to contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury immediately. An attorney will work tirelessly to find out what happened to cause the accident. This may include visiting the accident scene and interviewing witnesses and reviewing the police report to help determine what happened. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.