Texting While Driving
Protecting the Rights of Victims of Distracted Driving
A distracted driver takes her or his hands off the wheel, eyes off the road and mind off of the task of operating the automobile. Although texting while driving is one of the most common forms of distraction, other dangerous driving distractions include eating, putting on makeup, brushing hair, disciplining children or looking at a GPS. These activities are often the cause of serious auto accidents.
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California Distracted Driving Laws
Law enforcement has authority to pull over California drivers for texting or using a handheld device while driving, even if they have committed no other driving infraction. Bus drivers and novice drivers are subject to a ban on all cell phone use, including handheld and hands-free devices. Drivers who are 18 years old or younger are considered novice in California.
California’s anti-texting law prohibits writing, sending or reading a text-based communication using an electronic wireless device. The ban extends to emailing, instant messaging, Twittering, Facebooking, surfing the web and typing an address into the GPS.
Proving Fault in a Texting While Driving Case
Texting takes an average of five seconds. If a car is travelling at 55 mph, a texting driver takes her or his eyes off the road for the equivalent of one football field. The driver risks running into another vehicle or a pedestrian or off the road during that extensive distance.
During our investigation of your crash, our lawyers may subpoena the other driver’s cell phone records to determine whether the driver was texting, Internet surfing or talking on the phone at the time of the accident. Our lawyers put together a timeline of events to show how the texting interfered with the at-fault party’s ability to drive safely.
Learn More About Texting While Driving Negligence
The Rudman Law Firm, APC proves fault in texting while driving cases and maximizes damages for every client. Learn more about pursuing compensation from the texting driver who injured you. Call our Encino office at (818) 769-6969 or toll free at (844) 478-3626 / (844) 4RUDMAN to schedule your first free consultation with our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers. Our law firm’s contingency fee plan means you do not owe us attorneys’ fees until we recover compensation for you.