New Hazard on the Road: Texting While Driving
Due to the relative newness of this texting phenomena, comprehensive research on the topic of texting while driving is still lacking. The statistics on this issue are concerning, and have led to numerous state laws being passed with the aim of controlling the use of cell phones while driving. Most of the laws which have taken effect are aimed at prohibiting the use of handheld cell phones, and specifically aim at Texting. The Wireless Communications Device Law, which became effective January 1, 2009, in California makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle. However; as the penalty for doing this is so slight – just $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense, the law does not act as a deterrent. While these amounts are just base fines, additional penalties can be tripled.
Since texting is a fairly new social problem, rules and regulations are not keeping up with the situation. The term “driving while texting” refers to the act of sending or receiving text messages via cell phone while driving a car. It can’t be a surprise that there is a link between texting and the rise in serious and life-threatening auto accidents. The reason is driver distraction. A driver’s reaction time is so affected by texting that driving while texting can be considered as bad as drinking and driving. The age group most involved with texting while driving accidents are teenagers. However; it is everyone’s problem because as long as teenagers are driving and texting they affect all drivers. What makes these statistics even more outrageous is the fact that texting while driving accidents are an avoidable risk. All you have to do is not text while you drive!
If you have been involved in a car accident which you feel was caused by another driver’s negligence, texting while driving may be the cause. The responsible party is liable for the fines imposed for breaking the law, and also may face a negligence civil action. What this means for you is that as their victim, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them. if their choice to completely ignore the law caused or contributed to the auto accident, you may file an auto accident lawsuit. For specific and detailed information on this issue, consult with a qualified personal injury attorney in Orange County like Jeffrey Dawson. He has the experience necessary to answer any of your questions and give you the proper legal advice. Call today for a consultation about your texting while driving car accident.