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What are the Distracted Driver Laws State by State?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Distracted Driving is a national problem that has impacted lives and families in virtually every community. While mobile phone and cell phones are wonderful tools, they have also proven to be a distraction for drivers. Rather than concentrate on driving, traffic, and other dangers of the road, drivers are fixted on their mobile phones watching out for that next text, e-mail, website, and video.

State legislatures have take action to attempt to limit distracted driving on roads, highways, and in neighborhoods. Forty three States have outlawed texting while driving Twelve States have outlawed the use of handheld mobile phones while driving. Some States have enacted these laws as Primary Laws. In other words, a driver can be pulled over and issued a citation for texting while driving OR using a handheld mobile phone. While other States have these laws in the books as Secondary Laws. In other words, a citation will only be issued if the violation of the texting or mobile phone laws occur with another citation like speeding, reckless driving, etc. You can read about Distracted Driving Laws at Know the Laws Before Your Drive and Travel – State by State.

When a person is injured by a distracted driving or other careless or negligent driving, there are often challenges for the victim in collecting compensation for accident related injuries, wage loss, and related damages. The book titled – When the Wheels Stopped Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Parents Need to Know After the Accident – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death, Insurance, and other matters. You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stopped Spinning.

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