Louisiana Laws on Texting & Cell Phone Use While Driving
As of August 2010, drivers of any age that engage in texting while driving are now committing a primary traffic offense. This offense is punishable by a $500 fine the first time, and a 60-day license suspension and up to $1,000 in fines for the second or any repeat offenses.
Drivers under age 18 are prohibited from using any type of wireless device while operating a vehicle, and they are also subject to penalties. First time offenders under 18 could get a $250 fine, and fines for repeat offenses are $500. Like those over 18, underage violators will also get driver’s license suspensions for 60 days.
Fines for all ages are doubled if a car accident occurred while violating the law.
On top of offenders receiving hefty fines, texting and driving car accidents can cause damages that are costly to fix. As always, use good judgement when operating a vehicle. Reading or responding to text messages can wait until the car is safely stopped.
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Texting and Driving Car Accident Statistics
When drivers text while driving, they are not only risking their own lives, but they are endangering the lives of others as well. The statistics below show the deadly consequences of texting and driving car accidents.
- Distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018, including passengers, pedes>rians, and drivers. 
- More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to a distracted driver.
- Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. 
- At 55 mph, texting while driving is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. 
- For children, youth, and young adults aged 8–24, motor vehicle crashes are the primary cause of death, with teens having the highest proportion of distraction-related fatalities. 
Texting While Driving is as Dangerous as Driving Drunk
Multiple studies have revealed that using a cell phone while driving is not safe. A motorist talking on a hand-held cell phone is four times as likely to be involved in an injury crash. A person who is texting while operating a motor vehicle has the exact same impaired reaction time as a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08%. These distracted drivers are more likely to run a red light, hit a pedestrian, veer out of their lane or rear-end another vehicle. This all can lead to texting and driving car wrecks with fatalities.
Do You Need a Lawyer for a Texting and Driving Car Accident?
When you’re involved in a car accident where texting and driving was a factor, hiring a lawyer will give you the best chance of a positive outcome. The team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys has represented and won many of these types of cases, and we can help you deal with all legal aspects of your situation, including insurance companies.
When you trust us to be your legal representation, you will benefit from our years of experience with texting and driving car accident cases. We also have the resources to prove that a driver using a cell-phone was solely at fault or made any existing injuries worse. If necessary, we can subpoena cell phone records and hire an accident reconstructionist to establish that the defendant driver was texting at the time of the accident. Our trial attorneys have a record of outstanding settlements, but we are also prepared to go to a jury to secure full and fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and lasting disability or disfigurement.
What Compensation Could You Recover in a Texting and Driving Accident Claim?
Compensation for your accident depends on the severity and types of injuries that you suffer. If you have suffered a personal injury due to a texting and driving car wreck, you may seek reimbursement for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Baton Rouge
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by someone who was texting and driving, contact us for a free and confidential consultation. We are proud to serve clients from Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, and Zachary and throughout the state of Louisiana. Call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys at 225.888.8888 today!