Study shows that Californians should heed texting ban

By |2022-01-05T18:01:21+00:00May 28th, 2019|

According to a recent study reported in the national media, texting and driving bans are having at least modest success in reducing the number of car accidents. The study examined the number of emergency room visits in various states. The researchers concluded that in states that had some sort of texting and driving ban, emergency rooms saw a four percent drop in the number of patients, suggesting that the bans really do prevent some dangerous car accidents.

There were a couple of interesting points about this study. For one, it seemed that, at least to some extent, any ban on texting and driving was better than no ban at all, as the study examined states with laws that differed in their degree of breadth and strictness. However, states with more comprehensive bans on texting and driving saw an even sharper reduction of visits to the emergency room.

Second, these laws seem to benefit even those age groups that one would typically not associate with distracted driving. Visits to the emergency room were lower across all age groups, including those over 65.

California’s texting and driving law is fairly comprehensive in that it prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless device except under limited circumstances. Police who observe a violation of this law can assess a fine, even if the driver was otherwise driving safely.

Even so, if someone who was texting and driving in Orange County causes an accident, the fact that the police are able to fine them will not, standing alone, mean the victim or the victim’s family will automatically receive compensation from the responsible party. A separate lawsuit will need to be filed.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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