Smartphones, Maps, and Distracted Driving

What? Is texting and driving now legal in California? Not quite… But the California Court of Appeals has recently ruled that it is permissible to view maps on smartphones while driving.

In a law that took effect in 2008 (and which has been subject to several updates), the state of California banned talking on a cell phone and texting while driving. This law was put in place as a result of the number of car accidents that were caused by distracted drivers who looked down at their phones for “just a second” to send or read a text message while driving. Unfortunately for all of us, texting and driving car accidents in the San Fernando Valley are still quite common. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident because the other driver was texting, talk to an experienced car accident attorney about your legal rights and potential for financial recovery.