Imagine the following: You’re on the road driving and you end up in an accident and not too much later, you find out that it was all due to a driver who was too busy texting on his phone. You’ll have to deal with medical bills, time off work and injuries. Do not hesitate. Call Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997 to learn today how to exercise your rights.
California’s Ban on Driving and Texting
Vehicle Code Section 23123.5 states that it is illegal for a driver in California to send or read a text message, send an email, search the web, or send or read an instant message. A driver also cannot put an address into a GPS phone app while driving either. If the driver is over 18 years of age and has a hands-free device, he may legally make a phone call.
According to the research made by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the average text message takes about 4 and 5 seconds to read. During that time, with the assumption that a vehicle is moving at 55 miles an hour, will travel the length of a football field – keep in mind that the driver will not be paying attention this entire time. The risks involved here are staggering, with a terrible potential for injuries.
Am I able to recover damages after a texting and driving incident?
In 2013, an award of $930,000 ($680,000 verdict, plus $77,000 is lost wages and $316,000 in future damages) was given to a texting and driving accident victim by a California jury. Victims have no guarantee that they will receive as much as the above case; however, they are still eligible to recover, at least, lost salaries, hospital expenses, and possible medical care needs. El Cajon 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.
What do I do to prove that the other driver was texting?
In order to collect compensation for the damages that occurred in the accident, you must prove that the other driver was texting and this act distracted him from driving. Presenting evidence is you goal at this point. This could include:
• Police reports indicating that the motorist was texting
• Telephone records
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.
Furthermore, having a lawyer to represent you will not only help you stay away potential mistakes, but it will also help save time and money. For instance, before you know the extent of your injuries, insurance companies will try to settle quickly to ensure they have low figures. Ryan Sargent is here to support you.
In the case that you have been in a car crash due to a texting driver, call Ryan Sargent – 855-209-3997.