While smartphones have certainly made life easier, like many advances in technology, they may come with a cost. The big one? Distracted driving.
Unfortunately, distracted driving is now more common than ever before. In fact, recent study released by the Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol shows a 39% increase in driving while texting cases in California.
Risks of texting and driving
Not only is texting and driving against the law, but it is extremely risky. The person behind the wheel is putting himself in danger, along with all passengers and other motorists and pedestrians. The seemingly harmless (yet extremely unsafe and unlawful) negligent act of texting while driving can lead to serious, life-threatening car accidents.
Although any form of distracted driving has its risks, texting while driving is particularly alarming because it entails the use of a driver’s manual, visual, and cognitive attention. In other words, it diverts an driver’s eyes, mind, and hands from the important task at hand: driving. If you have been involved in an auto accident due to someone’s reckless or negligent behavior, it’s important to consult a car accident attorney about your rights.
Who is liable in a texting while driving accident?
In a texting while driving case, the driver who was texting while driving is generally liable for damages. As the injured party, you have the right to hold the negligent driver accountable for your injuries and losses. You could potentially recover financial compensation for medical bills, hospital visits, damage to your vehicle, time taken off work, and more.
What kind of financial recovery is available?
As we shared above, in many car accident cases, compensation is available for the injured party and includes hospital and medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If a victim dies in an auto accident, their loved ones can file a wrongful death case. Learn more about wrongful death cases here.
In order to obtain the financial compensation you deserve, it is crucial to file a personal injury claim immediately after the accident. Delaying too long can prevent you from being able to bring a claim and recover any compensation.
If you or a loved one was injured in a texting and driving accident that was caused by another driver, reach out to our Los Angeles car accident lawyers in LA. At Gholzand Law Firm, we have over 40 years of experience successfully fighting on behalf of our clients. What’s more, our case evaluations are free and we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless you win.
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