California Texting and Driving Accidents Lawyer
You or your loved one was hurt in an automobile accident and you later discovered that the accident happened because the driver who hit you was busy texting on his phone. You may be facing expensive medical bills, taking time off work, and suffering significant injuries. Do not delay. Contact The Sargent Firm at 888-501-6083 to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
California’s Ban on Texting and Driving
The law in California, according to Vehicle Code Section 23123.5, states that while operating a motor vehicle, a driver cannot send an email, search the web, send or read a text message, or send or read an instant message. Drivers also may not input an address into a GPS phone application while operating a motor vehicle. Telephone calls (using hands-free equipment) are legal, provided the driver is over 18.
Research by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that the average text message takes between 4 and 5 seconds to read. In that time, assuming a vehicle is traveling at about 55 miles an hour, a car will travel the length of a football field – and the driver will not be looking the entire time. The risks are staggering, and the potential for injury immense.
Can I recover damages after a texting and driving accident?
In 2013, a California jury awarded a motor vehicle accident victim a total of $930,000 in damages ($680,000 verdict plus $77,000 in lost wages and $316,000 in future damages) because the driver at fault had been texting.
Certainly, there is no guarantee that every victim of an accident by texting and driving will receive such a substantial award, but the fact remains that victims of a texting and driving accident are entitled to recover, at a minimum, any lost wages, medical expenses, and future medical care needs. California car accident attorney Ryan Sargent can help you pursue a successful legal action by helping you account for all of your damages (short- and long-term), keep you from making mistakes that could harm your case, and advise you throughout the process.
How do I prove the other driver was texting?
You will have to prove that the other driver was texting, and that this distraction caused the accident if you hope to collect compensation for damages. To do that, you must present evidence. This might include:
- Eyewitness accounts
- Police reports indicating the driver was texting
- Cell phone records
The Sargent Firm will help you evaluate what evidence is available to you, and then obtain it and present it within the context of your case.
Further, having an attorney to represent you can prevent a lot of missteps or mistakes that can be costly. For example, many insurance companies try to settle quickly for low figures, long before the victim knows the extent of his injuries. Ryan Sargent can help prevent this.
If you or someone you love has been hurt because a driver chose to make a text more important than paying attention to the road, contact Ryan Sargent today: 888-501-6083.