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. Do not hesitate. To figure out how to express your rights, contact Ryan Sargent at 855-209-3997.
Texting and Driving: Banned in California
Vehicle Code Section 23123.5 states that it is illegal for a driver in California to send or read a text message, send an email, search the web, 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.
The average text message takes approx. 4-5 seconds to read, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. 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.
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. Ryan Sargent, San Marcos 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.
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:
• Reports from police officers detailing that the driver was texting
• Cellular phone records
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. Trying to settle quickly for low payouts, many insurance companies will settle before the victim knows how bad their injuries truly are. Ryan Sargent is here to support you.
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.