You or someone you love was hurt in a car crash and later you discover that it was all due to the negligence of a driver who was texting on his phone. Now you have to face time off work, expensive medical bills, and suffer injuries. Do not stop now. To figure out how to express your rights, contact Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997.
The Ban on Texting and Driving 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. A driver also cannot put an address into a GPS phone app while driving either. Making sure that the driver is over 18, telephone calls may be made while using a hands-free device.
Research suggests that the average text message takes about 4-5 seconds to read, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. 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.
After a texting and driving accident, may I recover damages?
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.
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. Escondido 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?
You not only have to prove that the other driver was texting, but you have to prove that it was this distraction that had caused the accident. In order to do that, you must have evidence. This could possibly include:
• Spectator accounts
• Reports from police officers detailing that the driver was texting
• Cell phone accounts
To help you evaluate which evidence is available you, and then use it to present it to your case, contact the Sargent Law Firm.
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 can assist in avoiding this.
Call Ryan Sargent today at 855-209-3997 if a driver on the road thought it was more important to text and caused your accident.