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Texting While Driving: It’s Not Just the Driver’s Fault

We know it's frustrating, but please pull over to text or make a call if you don't have a hands-free system.

We know it’s frustrating, but please pull over to text or make a call if you don’t have a hands-free system.

It’s New Jersey, not California, but considering the amount of drivers on California roads (especially teens), it’s possible this ruling will hit this coast soon. What ruling? The one that the New Jersey appeals court ruled on recently, finding that a person who knowingly sends a text to a driver can share liability if that driver causes an accident.

The appeals court did clarify the ruling by saying that the person who texts the motorist is not liable for the driver’s negligent actions, but that person texting the driver has a duty to “refrain if the person knows the recipient is driving and likely to read the message,” according to a Claims Journal article published on September 4, 2013. Continue Reading →

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Do You Support the Nationwide Texting Ban?

It's funny because it's true. Don't cause an accident because you're texting while driving!

Orange County is probably one of the worst offenders in violating the texting ban. Let’s face it, Los Angeles and Orange County have some of the worst traffic in the United States, and because of our minimal public transport systems, we don’t have much choice than to use our cars.

(That said, we also have some of the best weather in the world, and should probably start using our bicycles a little more!) Continue Reading →

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True or false: You can still legally text even if you are stopped at red light?

Texting while at a stoplight is NOT legal!

If you answered “true”, you’re not the only one who believes so. Unfortunately, for you and for California resident Carl Nelson, the answer is “false”.

In 2009, a police officer issued Nelson a ticket after witnessing him using his cell phone at a red light. Nelson argued that despite being in a car, he was not in transit, therefore he was technically not driving while using his phone.  Nelson believed that he was not breaking any laws.

Like Nelson, many other people wonder whether the cell phone ban applies to drivers who are not in motion—that is, drivers who are stopped at a light or are stuck in gridlock freeway traffic. It might seem logical that drivers who are stopped would be able to use their phone, but the California state senate disagrees.  Unfortunately, according to a ruling just last Monday, if you are operating a running vehicle, then you are considered to be driving.

The ban on cell phone usage while driving initially took effect in 2008, and three years later the California state senate decided to further the ban by hiking up the ticket charges and fees. However, accidents caused by texting while on the road are still pervasive.

We know that the temptation to use your cellphone is great while you are stuck in gridlock on the 405, but think of the repercussions if you get pulled over! Is a $328 ticket (yes, that’s a cell phone citation after final fees!)  worth sending a text or checking your email while on the road?

And not only that, driving and texting can also hurt your insurance record. Repeat offenders will be fined up to $528, and any subsequent violations will count towards one point on the driver’s record, which could consequently increase insurance premium prices.

BMR Insurance promotes safe driving and encourages all of our readers to put their phones down while behind on the wheel, or to safely pull over on the side of the road if they feel they must take the call.  Remember, by using your cell phone while driving you are not only putting your life at risk but are also endangering the lives of others.

Need to check your auto insurance coverage? For a free 30-Minute Insurance Makeover, or any other information on coverage for home, auto or business, please call BMR Insurance Agency right away. We’ve got you covered! (714) 838-1911.

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