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Distracted driving is a growing threat as more Californians now use modern conveniences like smartphones and GPS devices while they are on the go. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of drivers using cellphones while driving in California went up by 39%. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, about 80% of traffic accidents involve some type of inattention. The number one source of distractions? Texting or talking on a cell phone. Distracted driving comes in many forms, killing thousands of Americans every year.
What is Distracted Driving in LA?
Distracted driving comes in many forms:
- Texting or cellphone use
- Eating or drinking
- Grooming (such as applying makeup)
- Reading a map
- Using a GPS¹
- Talking to passengers
A distraction while driving, such as using a cell phone, can delay a driver’s reaction time as much as having a BAC at the legal limit of 0.08.
Los Angeles Laws on Cellphone Use While Driving
Drivers who violate California laws governing cellphone use and driving are prosecuted aggressively given the number of accidents and deaths attributed to distracted driving in Los Angeles.
California law makes it illegal to drive while using a phone to talk to someone unless you are using a hands-free device. It is also illegal to write, send, or read text messages while driving. Violating these laws will put points on your driving record in addition to fines.
Contact a Distracted Driver Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
Distracted driving kills one American every 12-15 seconds and injures over 2.5 million people every year. If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident caused by a driver who was distracted, a Los Angeles car accident injury attorney can help you protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. As with drunk drivers, drivers who cause accidents because they were using a phone are liable for injuries and damages. Contact the Law Office of Tawni Takagi today for a free consultation with a Los Angeles distracted driver injury lawyer to discuss your case.