Are you still using your cell phone when you drive? If so, you may be violating the new California cell phone law that went into effect January 1. Assembly Bill 1785 greatly expanded the restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving.

In the past few years, we have seen an increase in motor vehicle accidents involving drivers who were texting while driving or talking on their cell phone while driving.  States, including California, have passed laws restricting the use of cell phones in an attempt to lower the number of injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving accidents. California’s new cell phone law aims to lower the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers by enhancing the current laws related to cell phone use while driving.

Some Important Elements of California’s New Cell Phone Law

Below are a few important things to remember about our new cell phone law:

  • IF your cell phone is mounted (or not in your hand), you can activate or deactivate a function by tapping or swiping the screen. The key is that your phone CANNOT be in your hand.
  • You can mount your cell phone to the center console, or the dashboard provided the phone doesn’t obstruct your view of the road. The cell phone cannot be mounted in a place that would interfere with the deployment of an airbag.
  • If you mount your cell phone to the windshield, the phone must be mounted in the 7-inch square area in the lower right corner of the windshield that is farthest from the driver. It may also be mounted in the 5-inch square area in the lower left corner of the windshield nearest the driver.
  • The law prohibits you from holding and using your cell phone when stopped at a red light, stop sign, or stopped for traffic because you are still “operating” your vehicle even though it is stopped.
  • You are permitted to hold and use your cell phone to call the fire department, law enforcement, a medical provider, or emergency services agency in the event of an emergency. It is preferred that you pull over or allow a passenger to make the call if you need to dial anything other than 911.

By obeying California’s new cell phone law, you may prevent a terrible motor vehicle accident.

Have You Been Injured in An Accident Caused by A Distracted Driver?

Unfortunately, some people will ignore the new cell phone law. They will continue to text while driving and hold their cell phone while driving.  Some drivers will cause accidents because they are ignoring the restrictions on cell phone use while driving. If a distracted driver has injured you, you have the right to file a claim under California’s personal injury laws. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, and other damages.

To discuss your accident with a Fresno personal injury attorney, call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 or use our online contact form. We offer free consultations and case evaluations, so you can get answers to your questions about car accident claims and learn about your options. We want you to receive the compensation you deserve from the driver who caused your car accident.