If you use a cell phone, chances are you’re aware of text messaging (brief messages limited to 160 characters that can be sent or received on all modern mobile phones). The definition of texting while driving is the act of composing, sending, reading text messages, email, or making other similar use of the Web on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle.
Texting is on the rise, up from 9.8 billion messages a month in December ‘05 to 110.4 billion in December ‘08. Many of these texts occurring while people are driving. Texting has been ruled as the cause of some motor vehicle accidents, and in some places has been outlawed or restricted. In California it is illegal to text while driving. Police officers can now legally stop drivers if they suspect that they are breaking the law and issue citations.
Texting while driving leads to increased distraction behind the wheel. Many studies have linked texting while driving to the cause of life-threatening accidents due to driver distraction. The International Telecommunication Union states that “texting, making calls, and other interaction with in-vehicle information and communication systems while driving is a serious source of driver distraction and increases the risk of traffic accidents.”
A 2009 experiment with Car and Driver magazine editor Eddie Alterman that took place at a deserted air strip showed that texting while driving had a greater impact on safety than driving drunk. While legally drunk, Alterman’s stopping distance from 70 mph increased by 4 feet; by contrast, reading an e-mail added 36 feet, and sending a text added 70 feet.
When a distracted driver takes his or her eyes off the road for even a second, the results can be devastating. Due to recent media attention, most drivers know that text messaging and accessing the Web while driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents caused by cell phone use and texting still happen.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another person texting while driving contact the Los Angeles auto accident attorneys at Grey Law. We have represented thousands of people who have suffered due to the negligent actions of others. We will help you obtain full compensation for your injury and peace of mind. We obtain through subpoenas and open records law enforcement’s reports, photographs, video recorded witness statements and even video footage from traffic cameras to gather as much information as we possibly can. Always keeping our client’s best interests in mind, we communicate with medical providers and help ensure that our clients receive the medical care they need in cases where they have been severely injured. Contact our office today at 323-857-9500 for a free case evaluation.
Distracted driving and texting while driving are against the law in California, but the penalties are minor: a $76 fine for first offense and $175 fine for each subsequent offense for texting while driving. It is unlikely that these laws will have a major effect on people’s texting and driving habits.
If you have suffered serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of someone you love as a result of a texting while driving injury, the attorneys at Grey Law will fight for you. With over 25 years of legal experience, our Los Angeles texting while driving attorneys can secure the evidence, negotiate with the insurance company and fight aggressively in court on your behalf. You should not have to shoulder the burden of someone else’s negligent and reckless driving habits alone. You deserve to be compensated, and we can help. Contact us today at 323-857-9500 for a free legal consultation.