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. Don’t postpone. Contact Ryan Sargent today to find out how you can practice your rights.
The Ban on Texting and Driving 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. While driving, a driver is also not allowed to input an address into a GPS phone application. 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).
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?
A total of $930,000 in damages was awarded to a California victim in a texting and driving accident in 2013; the verdict was $680,000 with $77,000 in lost wages and $316,000 in future damages.
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. Vista 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.
What do I do to prove that the other driver was texting?
The way that you can recover compensation for damages, you need to prove that the other driver was texting and was distracted. In order to do that, you must have evidence. This would comprise of:
• Spectator accounts
• Police reports indicating that the motorist was texting
• Cellular phone records
We at the Sargent Law Firm can help you determine what kind of evidence will help your case and present it to ensure that you get the best compensation you deserve.
Additionally, with an attorney available to help you, you will avoid many mistakes that could hurt your case. In some cases, many insurance companies attempt to settle early so that they can have low payouts, even before the victim of the accident knows how bad his/her injuries may be. Ryan Sargent, personal injury lawyer, can help you avoid this.
In the case that you have been in a car crash due to a texting driver, call Ryan Sargent – 855-209-3997.