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Penalties for distracted driving will soon become more serious

On Behalf of | May 3, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The month of April was distracted driving awareness month and penalties for distracted driving in the state of California will soon increase this summer. Distracted driving is dangerous and drivers should give their full attention to driving when they are on the roadway.

Penalties to increase in California

Drivers are permitted to use hands-free cell phones. Starting July 1, drivers who receive a second violation for using a handheld cell phone or texting while driving within 36 months will be fined and have a point added to their driver’s record. Cell phones are not the only types of distractions that should be avoided. Drivers should also avoid distractions from other electronics, children, pets and eating or drinking while driving which can also divert their attention.

During 2019 in California, there were at least 18,698 car accidents from distracted driving. Those car accidents left 13,500 victims injured and 108 victims killed. Distracted driving is dangerous and puts everyone on the roadways at risk. Authorities point out that distracted driving is completely preventable.

Personal injury actions

In addition to the penalties distracted drivers can face, they can also face liability to car accident victims for the car accidents they cause. Distracted driving-related car accidents can leave car accident victims facing physical, financial and emotional damages. Personal injury legal protections can help victims with the fallout they may suffer because of distracted driving car accidents. A claim for damages can help victims with medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages which is why victims should be familiar with the legal resources and remedies available to them.