March 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Changes for teen distracted driving laws in California?
Article provided by Law Offices of Joshua Katz and Bozman-Moss & Watson
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One of the most highly-anticipated moments for any teen is when he or she finally receives a driver's license. Once licensed, these drivers no longer have to rely upon mom or dad for transportation. They can go where they want to go, when they want to go there.
However, the freedom that a new driver's license provides requires that teens practice safe driving habits. Even after passing the test, many teen drivers still need to learn how to react when problems arise while they are behind-the-wheel. Parents should discuss some of these issues with their teen drivers to help reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident.
Distracted driving is one of the main factors in many accidents in California. State law prohibits the use of a handheld cellphone or texting while driving for all drivers, but permits the use of these devices if the driver uses hands-free technology. However, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any type of cellphone while driving, even hands-free devices.
This has not stopped teens from texting behind-the-wheel. Many phones are equipped with voice-activated technology which allows the user to have texts read to them while driving and then dictate a response to the message.
A new bill has been proposed which would prohibit this practice as well. The bill would prohibit the use of any type of wireless device, including the use of any in-dash or other hands-free options, by a minor who is operating a motor vehicle.
Supporters of the bill contend that the risk of a car accident for a teen driver is much higher when these drivers are distracted. Putting these stronger rules in place could lead to safer roadways for all California motorists.
This would be one of many rules aimed at young motorists. Recently licensed drivers in California already are subject to graduated licensing laws, which other states have also passed in an effort to reduce the amount of car accidents caused or involving teen drivers. These laws place restrictions on the time of day that newly-licensed drivers may operate motor vehicles, and also upon the number and age of passengers that they may have in the car.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. It might be difficult to prove that a driver was distracted, so be sure to preserve any evidence of distraction that may be present at the scene. Be sure that law enforcement records such information in any police report concerning the crash.
You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Since each accident is different, it is necessary to examine the factors of the crash to determine why it occurred and who was responsible. You may be asked by insurance companies to release your claims, but be sure that you understand all of the options available to you before doing so. In general, you may want to consult with an attorney before providing a statement to an insurance company.---
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