In today’s world, you would have a hard time finding someone without a mobile phone and at least a few social media profiles. Although there are holdouts, most people have embraced digital communication.
But one of the downsides of the digital lifestyle is that people seem almost unable to put down their phones. People text while driving. They call someone on the phone and take a hand off the wheel to hold their phone while driving. They film Tik Tok and Snapchat videos or even check an email while slowing down near an intersection.
Even though it’s common, that doesn’t mean it is safe or smart to do. In fact, everyone using their phones on the road is at risk of causing a crash. If they do, their mobile phone use will likely make them liable for the consequences.
California has a law against using phones while you drive
Phones are a major distraction risk because they make you take your hand off the wheel and your eyes off the road. Turning your ringer off and putting your phone face down before you get in the vehicle is a good decision. So is syncing it with the hands-free Bluetooth system if your vehicle has one.
Not doing that could lead you to violate state law. California has a ban on the manual use of phones. Whether making a call, going on social media or checking a text message, a driver with their phone in their hand is a driver in violation of state law.
Breaking traffic laws is a risk because if that person causes a crash, they will likely be at fault. Not only could they have to pay higher premiums for their auto insurance after a claim against their policy, but anyone who suffers property damage or injury in a crash could bring a lawsuit against them for their negligence and wrongful acts.