Texting & Driving Auto Accidents in Carlsbad, California
When an auto accident occurs because someone was texting and driving, you may face serious injuries and damages through no fault of your own. When this happens, you need to make every effort to identify the at-fault driver, establish negligence, and prove the extent of your injuries and losses to recover the compensation that you deserve and require to be made whole again. The best thing that you can do to ensure a successful outcome is to contact a Carlsbad auto accident attorney for a free consultation, a thorough investigation.
Call George Arvanitis to learn more about texting & driving accident claims. Dial 1-800-HURT-NOW (800-487-8669) today.
California Law Prohibits Texting and Driving and Other Distracted Driving Behaviors
Distracted driving behaviors like texting and driving are dangerous and irresponsible, and they are illegal in the state of California. In fact, the law specifically prohibits using any device to read, write, or send messages of any kind. This includes using a navigation system which requires you to type in an address. You can safely pull over to do these things, but you cannot do them while driving. Having said that, you are allowed to make phone calls on a hands free device, if you are 18 or older.
Why Is Texting and Driving So Dangerous?
When we think of distracted driving, texting and driving is often the first thing to come to mind. There are many other potential distractions on the road, but this one is especially common and dangerous. This is because it takes you an average of five seconds to read a text, and even longer to respond. Within that five seconds, you could travel a quarter of a mile (depending on your speed) without looking at the road. Imagine how far you travel in the amount of time that it takes to respond. This is why serious auto accidents frequently occur due to extended periods of distraction.
Recovering Compensation After a Distracted Driving Accident?
When you’ve been a victim of a distracted driving auto accident, caused by someone who was texting and driving, you can recover compensation for your injuries and damages. In one case from 2013, the victim recovered over $900,000. This included over $300,000 in future damages and nearly $80,000 in lost wages. It’s important to note that nobody can guarantee this level of success in your claim, but it is absolutely possible to recover the maximum value of your claim. This value will include your medical expenses, your lost wages, your property damage, and more. To increase your chances of successfully recovering the maximum value of your claim, contact Carlsbad texting & driving accident attorney George Arvanitis at 1-800-HURT-NOW (800-87-8669).
Proving Negligence In A Texting and Driving Accident Claim
In order to recover your damages in a texting and driving accident claims, you don’t just have to prove that the other driver was texting while driving; you also have to prove that there is a causal link between this unsafe behavior and the accident that occurred. You can prove this through the evidence that you and your attorney collect, evidence from the scene of the accident, from a police report, and/or from eyewitnesses of the auto accident and the behavior of the at-fault driver.
Your attorney can help you to establish which forms of evidence are applicable to your claim and how to locate and use that evidence. Your lawyer will also manage negotiations with the auto insurance company of the at-fault driver and will represent you in court if your case has to go to trial.
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW (800-487-8669) if you’ve been hurt in a texting & driving accident in Carlsbad, California.