Last Friday, in downtown Los Angeles, a driver ran a red light and slammed into a Blue Line Metro bus. The bus subsequently hopped the curb and knocked over a light post.

The driver, who was allegedly texting, was injured along with seven bus passengers. All were taken to the hospital.

Texting and Driving Laws in California

In California, adult drivers are banned from using cell phones unless they employ a hands-free device. Individuals under 18 are prohibited from cell phone usage (even with a hands-free device). Text messaging was also outlawed as of January 1, 2012.

As of last month, the California Senate sent Senate Bill 1310 to Gov. Jerry Brown. Senator Joe Simitian, has said “This Bill would toughen penalties, add the deterrent of a point on the driving record, and help fund a program to spread the word among those drivers that no text or phone call is worth the cost of a life.”

With the new Bill, fines could be as much as $372 out of pocket (not to mention points on your license and insurance increases).

If this driver was indeed texting, he could not only be slapped with fines, but with a potential lawsuit.

Car Accidents and Personal Injury

In the United States there are 16,000 automobile accidents every day. Due to cell phone usage while driving, there has been a further increase in automobile accidents. Those injured on the bus, may be able to take legal action to recover damages.

Personal injury lawsuits can be extremely complex, but the good news – there are attorneys who can help individuals navigate these complexities. For more detailed information on how personal injury attorneys can help, click here.