Distracted / Texting And Driving Accident Lawyers
Finding a skilled and experienced Southern California car accident lawyer can be tough. However, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is here to assist!
In 2019, distracted driving was responsible for numerous car accidents, including around 3,000 fatalities. If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are not alone; with the assistance of legal specialists, you can obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Most Common Distractions While Driving
When investigating the reasons for a distracted driving accident, we must first look at the many sorts of driving distractions:
“Visual distraction” is defined as distracted driving behaviors that occur while drivers are not looking at the road. Driving without looking at the road, whether from texting or appreciating the model of the car next to them, can result in catastrophic and occasionally fatal accidents. Visual distraction is a leading cause of distracted driving accidents and severe injury.
Cognitive distraction occurs when a driver’s attention is not focused on the road. This could range from worrying about what you’ll eat for dinner that night to wondering how your significant other is doing! Driving is such an essential and normalized element of society that people frequently forget that they are accountable for their own lives and those around them every time they operate a car.
Manual distractions occur whenever the driver’s hands are taken off the steering wheel. This type of driving is extremely common and dangerous!
If you’ve ever driven or operated a vehicle, you’ve probably seen or experienced manual distractions. Some common examples are drinking or eating while driving or attempting to pick up anything that has fallen.
As you may have guessed, most distracted driving instances involve more than one of these distractions. Everyone is affected by texting and driving!
What Factors Contribute to Distracted Driving?
There are an unlimited number of factors that can contribute to distracted driving. It’s critical to try not to do anything else while driving and to be aware of and avoid nearby drivers who are careless on the road. The following are some of the most common causes of distracted driving and personal injury:
- Talking on the Phone
- Texting and Looking at Instant Messages
- Drinking or Eating
- Changing Radio Stations
- Talking to Passengers in the Car
- Grabbing an Item From the Backseat of the Vehicle
- Applying Makeup
- Dealing with Children
- Watching an Auto Accident Happening on the Side of the Road
California Laws: Texting And Driving
California is one of the only states with many stringent and enforceable texting and driving regulations. If you have been in an accident, you must be aware of the laws that protect you. California law encompasses but is not limited to the following:
California Vehicle Code 23123
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle using a wireless telephone unless such telephone is properly designed and equipped to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving,” according to the vehicle code. This means using a cell phone while driving (GPS, texting, etc.) is strictly prohibited.
California Vehicle Code 23124
This regulation states that drivers under 18 are not permitted to use a cell phone “even if equipped with a hands-free device.” Multiple studies have found that people under 18 are statistically more likely than any other age group to be involved in car accidents. Cell phone use only enhances the chances of distracted driving.
California Vehicle Code 23123.5
This code prohibits all types of texting while driving (except when it is completely hands-free)—texting while driving is recognized by California law as one of the most harmful causes of distracted driving.
Numerous regulations and codes are in place to ensure that distracted drivers face the consequences of not being careful while driving. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker immediately to learn more about the car regulations that are in place to protect you.
What To Do After A Distracted Driving Accident In California
Call 911 And Seek Medical Attention:
If you are engaged in a serious accident, you must immediately notify the proper authorities so that the incident may be documented and victims can obtain emergency medical attention. Your health and well-being should be your top priority right now!
Photograph The Accident Scene And Your Injuries:
It is critical to photograph the accident scene. Keep your cell phone handy to photograph the damage to your vehicle, the location of the incident, and any potential injuries. Having images as additional proof might make or break your injury case.
Obtain All Eyewitnesses’ Contact Information:
You must act swiftly to acquire the contact information of any eyewitnesses to the crash. They could be extremely valuable resources for a car accident lawyer to assist you in obtaining justice in your case.
Obtain A Copy Of The Police Reports:
Request a copy of the police reports about your accident and collision as quickly as possible! These records are critical in determining your case’s fault and negligence.
Request The Insurance Card And Contact Information For The Other Driver:
This information will be necessary as we move forward with your case and earn you the compensation you deserve.
Contact A Lawyer At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker
Make an appointment with one of our distracted driving accident lawyers right away. If you were in a car accident in the Los Angeles Metro area, you need a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer to help you collect the financial compensation you deserve. Allow us to fight for YOU!
Our Lawyers Can Help You
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we are committed not only to alerting the public about the hazards of distracted driving but also to defending the rights of those innocent individuals who are gravely hurt in distracted driving automobile accidents through no fault of their own.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed due to a distracted driver? You may be entitled to economic or punitive damages for your injury claim if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, such as a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident.
Are you having difficulty paying off the resulting medical bills and other expenses? Has someone else’s irresponsibility affected your life for the worse? You should not bear the effects of a catastrophic injury on your own.
The other motorist owes you money for the emotional and financial harm they have caused you and your family. If you have been in an automobile accident, please contact our office right away so we can:
- Conduct a thorough investigation into the events leading up to your car accident to gather evidence that firmly supports your car accident claim.
- Negotiate a full and equitable settlement with the insurance company.
- If discussions fail, we will fight aggressively for you in court to obtain the best possible judgment for your injury claim.
Contact a lawyer from The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker by calling 800-333-0000 for your free case consultation today or submit your case online through our case submission form.