Cell phone usage while driving is a common occurrence even though there are laws prohibiting it. You often see people, not only talking, but texting as well. When you are concentrating on something other than driving, your negligent distraction can cause negative and possibly deadly consequences.
California Vehicle Code Section 23123(a) states, “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”
According to the NHTSA, the number one source of distracted driving is the use of a wireless device. Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into a serious accident, while other forms of distracted driving is a factor in 25 percent of police-reported accidents. In addition, it was stated that 10 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 are on their phone at any one time.
A recent survey showed that 8 in 10 drivers support some type of cell phone usage restriction, 80 percent support a ban on text messaging while driving, 80 percent support a ban on emailing while driving and 67 percent say they are supportive of laws restricting phone calls while driving.
The use of a cell phone while driving has the potential to be deadly. If you need to use your phone, take a minute and pull over to a safe area – call the person you need to talk to while your vehicle is stopped.
If you have been injured as a result of someone’s reckless or negligent actions, then you are most probably going through a tough time. You’re in pain and your medical bills are mounting up; you’ve missed work and there doesn’t seem to be a resolution in sight.
The attorneys at Welebir | Tierney A Professional Law Corporation, understand how these accidents, which you had no role in causing, have incredible upheavals in your life. Call us today; we are dedicated to helping you during these stressful times.