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. You’ll have to deal with medical bills, time off work and injuries. Do not stop now. Contact Ryan Sargent today to find out how you can practice your rights.
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. The law also states that a driver may not type an address into a GPS phone app either. Telephone calls can be made, if and only if, the driver is over 18 and the driver is using hands-free equipment (i.e. Bluetooth).
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. These risks are overwhelming and there is a great potential for injuries to occur.
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.
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. Ryan Sargent, Oceanside car crash attorney, can help you with a successful case by looking at all of your damages in the short term and the long term, keep your from making a mistake that could hurt your case, and be your advisor throughout the whole process.
What can I do to prove 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 would comprise of:
• Police reports indicating that the motorist was texting
• Cell phone accounts
The Sargent Law Firm will be able to assist you in finding the proper evidence to your case. In order to make sure that you prevent additional mistakes and missteps, it is important that you have an attorney to represent you.
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.
In the case that you have been in a car crash due to a texting driver, call Ryan Sargent – 855-209-3997.