Cell phones have become a regular part of the average person’s life. We live entire lives through our cell phones. We can connect with friends and family, pay bills, check in with our work and even create things. Really, we live two lives, one in the real world and one in the virtual world. However, there is a time where the two worlds should not overlap.
That time is when a driver is behind the wheel. California has strict laws about cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. There is a hand-held ban and a texting ban on all drivers. This means the phone cannot be used to speak on if it’s being held in a driver’s hand and it definitely can’t be used for any other reason, like texting.
The primary laws specifying the hand-held ban and the texting ban are in place in hopes of saving lives and unnecessary car accident injury. Failure to observe this law could easily cause car accident injury caused by distracted driving.
One could always be charged with a criminal offense in connection with a personal injury claim if it’s suggested that distracted driving, related to texting or hand-held cell phones at the time of the accident.
A car crash related to distracted driving can be particularly harmful. This is because the other driver is often distracted at the time of the crash and it gives them less time to slow down or react to the situation, meaning a high-speed crash is more likely. This is precisely why these California laws exist, to prevent or stop people from distracted driving behaviors.