Picture this: You or a loved one was in a car accident and you eventually find out that the accident was caused by a driver who was texting on his phone. Now you have to face time off work, expensive medical bills, and suffer injuries. Don’t postpone. Call Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997 to learn today how to exercise your rights.
Texting and Driving: Banned in California
According to Vehicle Code Section 23123.5, in California, states that a driver who is operating an automobile may not send an email, search the web, send or read a text message, or send or read an instant message. The law also states that a driver may not type an address into a GPS phone app either. If the driver is over 18 years of age and has a hands-free device, he may legally make a phone call.
The average text message takes approx. 4-5 seconds to read, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. This means that if the driver is driving at 55 miles an hour, he will travel the length of a football field without ever looking at the road. The risks involved here are staggering, with a terrible potential for injuries.
Am I able to recover damages after a texting and driving incident?
A total of $930,000 in damages was awarded to a California victim in a texting and driving accident in 2013; the verdict was $680,000 with $77,000 in lost wages and $316,000 in future damages.
Of course, there is no 100% guarantee that every victim of a texting and driving accident will receive such a great award, but it still remains that victims are entitled to benefits, at a minimum, lost wages, medical bills, and future medical care needs. Chula Vista Automobile accident lawyer Ryan Sargent can help you with a successful legal action, by accounting for all of your damages (both short and long term), stop you from making potential mistakes, and advise you throughout the whole process.
How can I prove that the other driver was texting and driving?
The way that you can recover compensation for damages, you need to prove that the other driver was texting and was distracted. Presenting evidence is you goal at this point. This would comprise of:
• Eyewitness explanations
• Reports from police officers detailing that the driver was texting
• Cell phone accounts
We at the Sargent Law Firm can help you determine what kind of evidence will help your case and present it to ensure that you get the best compensation you deserve. In order to make sure that you prevent additional mistakes and missteps, it is important that you have an attorney to represent you.
In some cases, many insurance companies attempt to settle early so that they can have low payouts, even before the victim of the accident knows how bad his/her injuries may be. Ryan Sargent, personal injury lawyer, can help you avoid this.
In the case that you have been in a car crash due to a texting driver, call Ryan Sargent – 855-209-3997.