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Learn More About Distracted Driving Laws

Oct 21, 2021 | Distracted Driving Laws

Kim Welch Law is proud to serve the residents of Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, and provide legal advice about personal injury claims. With nearly 30 years of experience, Kim Welch and her team are capable of fighting for you and your personal injury claim, whether a dog attacked you or you were in an accident caused by a distracted driver. One area of personal injury claims we handle is distracted driving. From driving with a phone to driving while under the influence, distracted driving is one of the most common causes of a car accident. 

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is defined as a driver participating in any activity that takes their attention away from driving. This includes eating, putting on makeup, talking on the phone and looking after a baby in the backseat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed over 3,000 lives in 2019.

Is Driving With A Phone Illegal? 

Drivers who’ve been driving for decades often forget the laws when it comes to driving with a phone, especially because it used to be legal to drive while talking on the phone. As the laws surrounding phones and driving have changed over the years, some people aren’t clear about what they can and can’t do while driving. In Colorado, when it comes to driving and using a cell phone, the laws are:

  • Drivers over the age of 18 may use a cell phone for voice calls.
  • If needed, headphones may be worn in one ear.
  • While behind the wheel, manual data entry, such as texting, is illegal.
  • Minor drivers are prohibited from using cell phones while driving, even to make a phone call.
  • Drivers of any age are allowed to use their cell phones to contact a public safety entity.

In Nevada, regardless of age, using your cell phone while driving is prohibited. The exceptions to this law are:

  • Drivers reporting a medical emergency, safety hazard or police activity.
  • Using a voice-operated navigation system that’s attached to the vehicle.
  • Driving an autonomous vehicle.
  • Law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency personnel acting within the scope of their jobs.
  • Utility workers responding to an emergency using devices provided by their employers.
  • Radio operators providing communication services during an emergency.
  • Talking using a hands-free headset.
  • Touching your phone to make a voice call.

What Is A Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer?

Distracted driving cases are often complex and require the guidance of a legal professional. If you’re injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer or car accident lawyer to help you with your claim. Lawyers experienced with fighting for victims of distracted drivers will be able to provide you with experienced legal advice, and help you be adequately compensated for your claim.

Kim Welch Law Is Prepared To Fight For You If You’re Injured By A Distracted Driver 

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and unsure of the future. Kim Welch and her team have the experience necessary to skillfully fight for you and your claim. We’ll take our time to gather all the information and evidence necessary to build your case. If you or someone you know is looking for a personal injury lawyer, look no further. Kim Welch Law is here to help you, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help you walk away with the best possible outcome.