Distracted driving is one of the leading causes behind a number of car accidents that take place on a regular basis. One way that drivers become distracted is due to cell phones. Texting while driving can easily lead to a car accident, where others are injured or even killed. At Cueria Law Firm, L.L.C., we handle cases on a regular basis where car accidents occur due to distracted driving involving texting. It is important to know your legal rights so you can take action when involved in a car accident involving distracted driving.
In the state of Louisiana, there is a statewide ban on wireless device texting while driving. Drivers are not allowed to write, send or read text messages while driving. Fines were raised in 2016 to $500 for the first offense. In a school zone, making a phone call, texting or social networking is absolutely prohibited.
It is important for every New Orleans resident or visitor driving in the state of Louisiana to abide by these texting laws. If you are involved in a car accident with someone who has abused the texting rules then you may have a case. A personal injury attorney who specializes in automobile accidents and Louisiana driving laws will be able to review your accident and determine if legal action should be taken.
Every individual who operates a motor vehicle in Louisiana must take proper precaution to drive responsibly. Safe driving habits should be used at all times on the roadways. When the decision is made by the driver to neglect this responsibility and devices such as cell phones are used, that individual must be held responsible for what happens due to their actions, be it an accident or injury.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident involving distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, contact our office today. We will review your case and help you determine what legal action to take.