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Effectiveness of California Cell Phone Ban Law in Preventing Road Deaths

By Edited Aug 27, 2016 0 0

California’s ban on cell phone use while driving is proven to be effective in saving motorists’ lives from fatal traffic accidents.

According to a study conducted by the University of California-Berkeley and released by the California Office of Traffic Safety, traffic fatalities associated with distracted driving has gone down by 22 percent since the implementation of the said law in 2008.

In California, pursuant to the Wireless Communications Device Law, drivers in California are not allowed to write, send, or read text-based communication through electronic handheld devices such as cell phones. Violators of the said law may be required to pay fines no less than $159 for first offense, and fines up to $250 for each succeeding offense. Traffic safety advocates suggest that the strict implementation of the law may be one of the factors for the success of the cell phone ban while driving.

Even though traffic fatalities associated with cell phone use has dipped down in California, it does not warrant motorists to underestimate the dangers of distracted driving. It is imperative for all California drivers to abide by all traffic rules and to drive responsibly to avoid hurting themselves and other people.

California, just like any other US state, is prone to road accidents caused by distracted driving. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 15 people are killed each day in the country due to distracted driving.

There are various forms of distracted driving, including:

•    Using cell phone or other electronic handheld devices
•    Eating or drinking
•    Using navigation system or reading maps
•    Watching video
•    Daydreaming
•    Changing music

People who get injured in a traffic accident due to a distracted driver should demand for personal injury payments. Under the law, drivers who injure or harm another person due to their negligent actions must provide compensatory damages to the victim. In California, personal injury victims are advised to get legal assistance from Los Angeles attorneys to ensure that their claim will be prioritized and taken care of.

Pursuant to tort law, personal injury victims may be entitled to various injury payments such as:

•    Hospital and medication expenses
•    Loss of income
•    Pain and suffering damages
•    Mental anguish damages
•    Loss of consortium

Victims of California distracted drivers should make sure that they demand for their rights; otherwise, they will end up paying for the treatment of their injuries.

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