Originally appeared on September 20, 2021.
Since 2019, Alabama has been one of 48 states that bans texting while driving. But what about talking on the phone while driving?
Currently, it is not illegal to talk on your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle in Alabama. It’s also not illegal to hold your phone while driving, despite a close call in early 2021 when a bill that would ban handheld cell phone usage failed on a 48-47 vote in the Alabama House of Representatives.
It’s not illegal to use a cell phone while driving as an adult, though it can be used to establish fault if you crash into someone while distracted by a phone. You won’t get pulled over by a police officer if they spot you talking on a handheld cell phone today, but that could and likely will change. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic that drivers face nationwide, and there have been multiple attempts in the Alabama state legislature to ban handheld cell phone usage while behind the wheel.
While adults can legally hold their cell phones and chat while driving in Alabama, drivers under the age of 18 cannot. In fact, teens aren’t allowed to use their cell phones in any shape, form, or fashion while driving, and that includes sending and receiving text messages and emails in addition to making and receiving phone calls.
Although all Alabama drivers are banned from texting while driving, there are a few exceptions to the law:
Using a handheld cell phone while driving is simply a bad and potentially dangerous idea, even while it’s still perfectly legal. That’s because it can cause all three forms of distraction:
Even though it’s much safer to avoid cell phone usage of any kind while you’re driving, emergencies and urgent situations can happen that necessitate making phone calls. When those situations occur, there are a few things you can do to reduce the increased risk of a crash you’ll face while using your phone:
At The Vance Law Firm, we protect innocent drivers who were injured through no fault of their own, and we hold negligent drivers accountable when they cause crashes. Illegal and unsafe cell phone usage is just one of many things negligent drivers do in Alabama that puts others at risk on our state’s streets, highways, and interstates, and we work hard to prove when negligence leads to crashes.
Contact our Alabama auto accident lawyers today if you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault. We’ll work hard to get you maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.