The Dangers of Texting While Driving

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Learn just how dangerous texting and driving is and new legislation in the works to curb it.

In Greater Los Angeles we live our lives understanding certain dangers exist, like earthquakes, fires, and mudslides. Those types of dangers are largely out of our hands, but there’s a new threat to our well-being, health, and lives that is, literally, in our hands: the cellphone.

Texting and driving is a recipe for disaster. Not only can you severely injure or kill yourself, but you could injure or take someone else’s life as well. And pretty soon, it looks like you can add losing your license to the risks of texting and driving.

Texting and Driving Penalties in California

A citation for texting and driving is exempt under California’s Vehicle Code section 12810.3, meaning you do not receive a point for an infraction. New legislation is in the works, however, that will alleviate that exemption. In turn, a texting citation will be reported to your insurance company, which will spike your rates. And of course, with enough points, you will lose your license.

While this is a step in the right direction to deter texting and driving, the fact remains texting and driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Alarming Stats

Source: TeenSafe

  • 11 teens are killed EVERY DAY due to texting and driving
  • Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than drinking and driving
  • Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road on average for 5 whole seconds (at 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed)

Victims of Texting and Driving Accidents

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car crash, whether it was caused by someone texting or not, our award-winning Los Angeles car injury lawyers stand at the ready to fight tirelessly on your case. In addition to the new legislation, a car injury lawsuit is one of the best ways to hold at-fault parties accountable and to make society safer as a whole.

The Dominguez Firm has experienced auto accident lawyers with multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in vehicle injury cases to assist and get you the compensation you deserve. If there is no recovery, there is no fee! Call now for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.