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Cell Phones, Texting and Other Forms of Los Angeles Distracted Driving

Here at the LA OC Lawyers Group we pride ourselves on staying ahead of any current developments when it comes to driving tickets Los Angeles and moving violations. For the time being, talking on the cell phone does not put demerit points on your driver’s license in California. It doesn’t affect your insurance either, but you need to be aware of what might be on the horizon.
California legislation is being considered that would make a second offense a mark on your driving record. In the future this could count has one demerit.

A few words on distracted driving

 No one will debate the fact that texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous. Any kind of distraction taking a motorist’s attention away from driving is dangerous. When you are distracted behind the wheel, it’s very possible for you to miss critical events and other vehicles that can cause an accident. NHTSA statistics find that one in every 10 fatal vehicle collisions on the road in America are caused by Los Angeles distracted driving.

Understanding distracted driving

 Of course it’s very popular at the moment to focus on texting and cell phone use while driving. However the umbrella for the term distracted driving covers several different areas including:

  • Taking your eyes off the road. When you’re driving a car, you should always have your eyes in the direction the vehicle is moving. Even a momentary lapse can cause a crash and these can include looking at a billboard or gawking at the scene of an accident at the side of the road.
  • Even attending to your dog or reaching for something that’s fallen on the floor can be considered distracted driving and cause what could be a fatal crash.

The other kind of Los Angeles distracted driving involves taking your hands off the wheel. Changing the CD player as well as eating or drinking all fall under this category. Studies have been done that say taking your eyes off the road for even two seconds double your chances of being in a crash.

Legal culpability and distracted driving

Other studies have concluded that drivers shouldn’t even use a hands-free cell phone while driving. We take the time to understand all the legal parameters and consequences for distracted driving here at the LA OC lawyers group. If you have any questions about your legal culpability and Los Angeles distracted driving, you should get in touch with us today.
 
 

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