Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 10:18 pm    

The first day of 2017 rings in a new law that prohibits all handheld cell phone use while driving. The law is designed to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by cell phone use. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), talking on a cell phone or texting is the number one source of driver distraction.

In 2015, the OTS released results from a new study that revealed an increase in the use of cell phones while driving. In the press release, Office Traffic Safety Director Ronda Craft said, “It’s shocking that nearly 10 percent of motorists were observed using their cell phones while driving a motor vehicle, a potentially lethal combination.” In the same release, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said, “Discouraging drivers from operating a vehicle while distracted is a challenge that law enforcement is faced with year-round.”  It is the hope of lawmakers that California’s new cell phone law will help reduce the number of distracted driving accidents where cell phone use is a factor.

California’s New Ban on All Cell Phone Use While Driving

One September 26, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law new handheld cell phone restrictions set to take effect on January 1. As of New Year’s Day, AB-1785 Vehicles Use of Wireless Electronic Devices bans the handheld use of cell phones while driving for ANY reason. Drivers caught using a hand-held cell phone face fines of $20 for a first offense and $50 for a second offense.

How Does California’s New Cell Phone Law Differ from The Previous Version?

For years, the law banned California drivers from talking and texting on handheld cell phones while driving. However, the law did not prohibit the use of handheld cell phones for other uses. In order words, a major loophole in the old law allowed drivers to use their cellphones for other uses while driving, including reading emails, checking Facebook, shooting videos, and posting to social media accounts. The new law closes that loophole to prevent drivers from operating a hand-held cell phone while driving for ANY reason.

However, drivers can continue to use their cell phones while driving provided they utilize the phone in a completely hands-free, voice-activated and operated mode. If a driver uses his phone in the hands-free mode, the phone must be mounted to the windshield or the dashboard, and the driver is limited to touching the phone. In addition to mounting the phone for hands-free operation, the law specifically states, “The driver’s hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the handheld wireless telephone or wireless communications device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.”

Will California’s New Cell Phone Law Reduce Accidents?

Officials and lawmakers hope California’s new cell phone law will reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by this type of driver distraction. A California Traffic Safety Survey in 2014 revealed that 61 percent of respondents had been hit or nearly hit by another driver using a cell phone. The new law is designed to reduce the number of drivers who use handheld cellphones. Only time will tell if lawmakers are correct in their belief the new law will make a difference in the number of tragic accidents caused by distracted driving due to cell phone use.

Call A Sacramento Distracted Driving Accident Attorney for Help

If a distracted driver has caused you or your family injury, call our Sacramento distracted driving accident attorney for more information. You need to understand your legal rights and options for recovering compensation for your injuries BEFORE you discuss you claim with the adjuster for the other party. Our attorneys understand the new distracted driving laws and how to use those laws to your favor in an accident claim.

Call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to request a free consultation with one of our Sacramento accident attorneys.

Client Testimonials

Elizabeth Ochoa Testimonial

I chose Tiemann Law Firm to help me after a car accident I was involved in. Throughout the entire process, Moe made sure to keep me updated, he always responded quickly whenever  I had questions about anything. My case won thanks to this law firm and its dedication. My experience with Tiemann Law Firm was amazing! 10/10 recommended.

Dawniel Ewing Testimonial

I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. They have been extremely helpful and professional when dealing with my case. Anytime I needed anything or wanted to be updated they responded immediately. They made me feel like they cared. Highly recommend them!

Michael T. Testimonial

I sat down and met with Jelena Tiemann about my vehicle accident.I presented all of my documentation to her in which she gave me her assessment.Although the Tiemann Law Firm wont be representing me because my settlement offer was pretty good she was very clear,forward and professional about what she felt could and couldn't be done.I recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a helping hand at fighting a case where you don't have to worry about the outcome not going in your favor. Please don't review this business if you received a freebie for writing this review, or if you're connected in any way to the owner or employees.

Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!

S.B. Testimonial

Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Star Fire Testimonial

It is hard to put into words the care and dedication that I received from the Tiemann’s. They have been here for me every step of the way and were always available when I had questions or concerns. My husband and I will be forever grateful for everything they have done for us and our family. Thank you so much for all of the hard work and time you have put into my case, we greatly appreciate it and your friendship. We highly recommend this firm and will always be thankful for everything they have done. Thank you so much again, Kim

Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Maye Ly Testimonial

I just saw my lawyer Jelena Tiemann on a t.v ad, which reminded me how much she helped when I was in a desperate situation. I just love her! That is why I feel a need to tell everyone. I had a situation that happened & didn’t know what to do, our where to go. I didn’t even know if she could help me or if any lawyer could. All I wanted was it to go away & was afraid most lawyers wanted to drag it out & possibly go to court. For one she was very professional but was very personable (maybe b.c she’s a lady). She didn’t make me feel embarrassed or self-conscious that I did something wrong or was the cause of the situation. She immediately said we should try our best before going to court. Let me handle some paperwork, if at the last we do go to court we have documents. She gave me all the details, pros and cons but reassured me she deals with these cases all the time. She came through and made it as painless as possible. I now have my life back.

Matt H. Testimonial

I was in a car accident a while back where I was injured and had to miss work for an extended period of time.  After nearly a year of fighting with the insurance company with no results and no progress, I met with Jelena Tiemann.  I couldn't have asked for a more responsive and supportive advocate.  We quickly reached a settlement and I finally was able to move from the stress and burden of feuding with my insurance.  I highly recommending meeting with Jelena if you're in need of a lawyer.

Jennifer Birdseye Testimonial

Tiemann Law Firm helped us with an injury case for my nephew. They were very knowledgeable and we are very happy with the service they provided. The entire staff is topnotch!

Lendzey Garcia

I was in a very bad/ major car accident I originally had an attorney who wasn’t trying to help me out much or take any of my calls so I called Tiemann and told them my situation. They made it an AWESOME and Smooth transition over to them and took on both cases I had. I just settled on my big case and am beyond great full. For them and their team! I highly recommend them. To add on to this a little On how much they will work with you, I moved to Montana in the middle of all Of this and it was not an issue!