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.
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 San Diego
A Californian law, Vehicle Code Section 23123.5, describes the fact that anyone who is driving a vehicle is not allowed to search the web, send or read a text message, send an email, 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.
According to the research made by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the average text message takes about 4 and 5 seconds to read. This means that if the driver is driving at 55 miles an hour, he will travel the length of a football field without ever looking at the road. These risks are astounding and there are many injuries that could potentially happen.
Recovering damages following a texting and driving accident
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. San Diego 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.
How can I prove that the other driver was texting and driving?
The way that you can recover compensation for damages, you need to prove that the other driver was texting and was distracted. To do this, you have to have evidence. This would comprise of:
• Spectator accounts
• Reports from police officers detailing that the driver was texting
• Cellular phone records
To help you evaluate which evidence is available you, and then use it to present it to your case, contact the Sargent Law Firm.
Additionally, with an attorney available to help you, you will avoid many mistakes that could hurt your case. Trying to settle quickly for low payouts, many insurance companies will settle before the victim knows how bad their injuries truly are. Ryan Sargent, personal injury lawyer, can help you avoid 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.