Cell phones are major distracters for most drivers today. The National Safety Council found that in 2010, 1.4 million crashes were caused by cell phone conversations, and that 200,000 crashes every year are caused by drivers who are texting while driving. Of late, there has been a major media campaign to educate drivers on the dangers of using cell phones, while driving. A study in 2006, by the University of Utah found that cell phone usage; both handheld and hands-free use, impair drivers in the same manner as an alcohol blood level of 0.08% would impair a driver. In case, you have been involved in an accident in which you suspect that the driver was on the phone, or was texting, or you simply suspect that the phone was involved in the crash; then you need to get in touch with Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation lawyers today in Los Angeles for a charge free consultation. We will look at the accident, and investigate it, and also check phone call stamp records, and get you compensations for the accident that you suffered, or in case of wrongful death, get you damages
The Los Angeles Vehicle Code [VC] 23123 (a) states, that a person shall not driver a car while using a wireless phone unless the phone is designed and configured to allow hands free listening and talking, and is used in the said manner while driving. Basically, the law says that unless you are using a hands-free device, then you are not allowed to drive, and use the phone. Additionally, if you are under eighteen, then you are not allowed to drive, and use the phone at all. Furthermore, in case you get distracted while using a phone even with a hands free set, you will be liable for the accident.
A number of studies have conclusively shown that driving while texting considerably reduces a driver’s ability to react in an emergency, and it also increases loss of control and lane departure incidents. The Wireless Communications Device Law in Los Angeles, 9VC 23123.5) that went in effect on the January 1, 2009, categorically states, that it is illegal to send, write or read a text based communication while driving a car. So, even though texting is illegal in Los Angeles, people still do it, breaking the law at all times.
Accidents that are caused by employees who were texting will usually mean that their employers become liable. This is more so if the employer normally encourages the employees to be accessible at all times while driving. A Miami jury in December 21, 2001 awarded $21 million to a passenger who got hit while in his car, after it was found that the salesperson that caused the accident was driving while talking on the cell phone. Liability for injuries sustained was placed on the employer, after it was found that the salesperson had been driving for the employer when the accident occurred.
The lawyer whom you hire to represent you in a personal injury claim is normally very important because they determine the outcome of your lawsuit. Get in touch with us today, for a free consultation and we will review your case and assess its potential in filing for claims. We do not also charge any fees, unless we get compensation for you.
We serve clients all of Southern California including Pasadena, Century City, and all of Los Angeles. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and need legal advice, call our office at (310) 598-1719 today.