Starting this year, motorists are no longer allowed to hold and operate a mobile telephone or wireless electronic communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Under Assembly Bill 1785, mobile communications devices must be fastened on the car’s windshield or attached to the center console or dashboard, away from the hands of motorists. The only time that a driver can legally touch the mobile device is when activating or deactivating a feature with a single tap or swipe on the surface of the phone or device.
Limited Cellphone Use
Under the previous law, drivers are prohibited from using a mobile electronic device to read, write, or send a text-based communication but are allowed to operate these devices on hands-free or voice-activated mode. The new law is intended to reduce driving distraction by ensuring that the motorist’s phone or device does not block the driver’s view of the road. Excepted from the new law are vehicles with communications systems that are integrated and embedded in the vehicle by the car manufacturers.
Cellphone Distraction Accident Statistics
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, as much as 80 percent of car accidents are linked to some driver distraction, killing on average some 3,000 people yearly. And texting or talking on the cellphone while driving is a common source of distraction while driving. Texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, while a car can crash into another vehicle with less than 2 seconds reaction time. The traffic safety office also maintains that even hands-free conversations on a mobile phone while driving can also cause inattentiveness on the road.
Claiming Compensation for Car Accident Injury
The new law makes it every driver’s duty to leave their cellphone or other mobile device away from the driver’s hands while behind the wheel. A driver whose cellphone use causes a car accident may be legally responsible for the injured party’s medical bills, lost wages, and damages for pain and suffering.
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