Since July of 2019, it has been illegal to use your smartphone – or another electronic device – in any capacity while behind the wheel, and this naturally includes texting. Having a better understanding of cell phone laws can help you stay safe out there. If a negligent motorist leaves you injured in a car accident, don’t wait to consult with an experienced Joliet personal injury attorney.
The following instances are the only times it is legal to be on your smartphone while behind the wheel:
A red light is not a free pass to text. Hands-free smartphone usage remains legal for motorists who are at least 19 years old.
The fines and penalties associated with using one’s smartphone behind the wheel include:
If a motorist has three such violations (or any moving violations) within a year, he or she faces driver’s license suspension.
Any ticket written for using a cellphone behind the wheel is a moving violation and counts as points against your license.
If a motorist who is engaged with his or her phone causes an accident, it is now a Class A misdemeanor if the accident leads to injuries, permanent disability, or disfigurement of another person. If the accident is fatal, it becomes a Class 4 felony.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that the three major categories of distraction include:
Your smartphone has the singular distinction of rolling all three distractions into one handheld device.
Distracted driving is dangerous driving, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares two important statistics that back this up:
If a driver on his or her smartphone leaves you injured in a car accident, the formidable personal injury attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino in Joliet are well prepared to skillfully advocate for your rights and for your case’s rightful resolution. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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