Texting While Driving
Were you involved in an auto accident where the other driver was texting while driving? If so, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the
distracted driver under California
personal injury law. Pacific Attorney Group can meet with you to talk about your particular case and your legal options during a free initial consultation. Our firm takes on all types of
motor vehicle accident claims and lawsuits throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and we will be happy to see how we can help you.
Texting and Car Accidents in Los Angeles, California
Texting while driving is just as serious as driving while talking on the phone. In some ways, driving while texting may be more dangerous as the driver must continuously look at his or her phone while reading or writing a text message. In these situations, the driver will not be paying full attention to the road, traffic signals and other vehicles around him or her. Texting while driving may result in a driver having a significantly delayed reaction time, similar to what occurs to a driver who is operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
California law has recognized the dangers of texting while driving by implementing laws to prohibit such conduct. As a matter of fact, a driver may receive a ticket for driving while texting. The Wireless Communications Device Law went into effect on January 1, 2009, making it an infraction to read, write or send any text-based communication while driving. It is also an infraction to drive while talking on the phone, unless the driver is 18 or over and is using a hands free device. Law enforcement officers are authorized to pull over any drivers they observe violating these laws, at any time.