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. Don’t postpone. Contact Ryan Sargent today to find out how you can practice 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. Making sure that the driver is over 18, telephone calls may be made while using a hands-free device.
The average text message takes approx. 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. These risks are astounding and there are many injuries that could potentially happen.
Am I able to recover damages after a texting and driving incident?
After an accident that occurred in 2013 due to a driver who had been texting at the wheel, a California jury had awarded a victim a complete total of $930,000 in damages ($680,000 verdict, plus $77,000 is lost wages and $316,000 in future damages).
While the above case is rare and victims of a texting and driving incident are not guaranteed this amount, it is true that they are still qualified to recover benefits, at the least, lost salaries, medical expenses, and future medical care needs. If you need help to have a successful claim, contact Ryan Sargent, Murrieta Car wreck lawyer; he can help you with looking at your short term and long term damages, stop you from creating a mistake that could harm your overall case, and advise you through 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. To do this, you have to have evidence. This could include:
• Eyewitness explanations
• Officer reports specifying that the one driving 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.
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. 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 can assist in avoiding this.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident do to a driver who was texting, contact Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997.