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. You’ll have to deal with medical bills, time off work and injuries. Don’t postpone. To figure out how to express your rights, contact Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997.
California’s Ban on Driving and Texting
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. If the driver is over 18 years of age and has a hands-free device, he may legally make a phone call.
Research suggests that the average text message takes about 4-5 seconds to read, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Knowing that while reading a text, the driver will not be watching the road, if he is traveling at 55 miles an hour, then he would be traveling the length of a football field. 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. If you need help to have a successful claim, contact Ryan Sargent, Riverside 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:
• Reports from police officers detailing that the driver was texting
• Cell phone accounts
The Sargent Law Firm will be able to assist you in finding the proper evidence to your case. Additionally, with an attorney available to help you, you will avoid many mistakes that could hurt your case.
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.