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Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Serving California

Whether someone texts, talks on the phone, applies makeup, or adjusts the controls on the dashboard, they take their mind off the road and make themselves more likely to be involved in an accident. The maximum amount of time drivers can safely divert their attention from the road is two seconds, yet drivers routinely attend to other things.

Texting, for example, takes an average of 5 seconds while driving and increases the risk of crashing by 23 times (NHTSA, 2018), while dialing a phone increases the chance of a crash by 12%. Many states prohibit texting or talking with a hand-held phone but even using a hands-free electronic device is four times more distracting than talking to an adult passenger (Driver?s Alert, 2017).

While the phone is a major source of distraction, drivers have other distractions as well:

  • La interacción con aplicaciones de teléfonos celulares como Snapchat, Pokemon Go o Waze puede alentar a las personas a prestar más atención a las criaturas virtuales en la carretera informando las condiciones del tráfico que mirando la carretera.
  • Atender a un niño puede distraer 12 veces más que hablar por teléfono celular.
  • Más del 80% de los conductores admiten comportamientos peligrosos mientras conducen, como cambiarse de ropa, conducir con el pie, pintarse las uñas o incluso afeitarse.
  • The most frequent (62%) cause of distracted driving crashes is being lost in thought or letting your mind wander (TeenSafe, 2018).
  • Driving while crying or visibly angry increased the risk of crashing by 10 times (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2016).

La mayoría de estos comportamientos parecen bastante inocentes, pero los resultados pueden ser mortales. Si ha resultado lesionado por un conductor distraído, Ariel Law Group luchará por un acuerdo justo para usted.

*Unless otherwise noted, the statistics used were compiled here from various sources

Do I need to hire a distracted driving accident lawyer?

If you have an injury as a result of a distracted driving accident, the short answer is yes. In these cases, it?s best to begin by consulting with a personal injury lawyer with experience dealing with distracted driving cases. 

Due to shock and other things that may be on your mind in the immediate aftermath of an accident, injuries aren?t always immediately noticeable. They make take time to appear and when they do, they may cause debilitating pain. This is why it?s crucial to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. 

If you?ve been in a distracted driving accident that has affected your ability to work, required emergency medical care, or required hospitalization, it?s time to speak to a California distracted driving lawyer.

What should I do after a distracted driving accident?

  • Call 911 to request police officers and/or emergency vehicles.
  • Busque atención médica de inmediato.
  • Get information about the other parties involved in the accident.
  • Take photos of the vehicles, your injuries, and the injuries of others involved. Take photos of the scene as well, including traffic signals and street signs.
  • Do not sign any documents or give any statements to any insurance representative without first speaking to your lawyer.
  • Do not apologize. This can be used to prove that you were at fault, even if you were not.
  • Do not admit fault.
  • Keep all accident-related medical bills stored together in a secure place. These will be provided to your lawyer to help determine the financial compensation you are entitled to.
  • Contact and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. 

Sticking to this checklist in the event of a distracted driving accident will help you ensure that your rights will be protected and you?ll get the compensation you deserve.

Will I be able to get compensation even if I am partly to blame for the accident?

Yes. California is a comparative negligence state, which means that any person involved in a vehicular accident might be responsible for a percentage of the blame.

As your distracted driving accident lawyer, part of our job is to prove that your negligence was as small as possible to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. The comparative negligence principle applies to most personal injury cases in California.

What types of compensation may I be entitled to?

  • Past and future medical bills related to injuries sustained in the distracted driving accident. This includes hospital bills, ambulance bills, physical therapy, consultations with specialists, in-home care services, and psychiatric counseling
  • Past and future lost wages resulting from the accident.
  • Property damage. In the case of a distracted driving accident, this refers to compensation for the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
  • Pain and suffering resulting from physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. 
  • Punitive damages if the accident was the result of malicious or willful actions.

What if I am undocumented and/or don?t speak English? Will that affect my distracted driving accident claim?

No. According to California law, a person?s immigration status cannot be used against them in civil cases. This includes distracted driving lawsuits.

In addition to this, our attorneys and staff are bilingual in English and Spanish so you can feel comfortable that we will understand the intricacies of your case and keep you informed about what is happening throughout the process.


Distracted Driving-California Office of Traffic Safety

The California Office of Traffic Safety has suggested several preventative methods to lessen the likelihood of motor vehicle crashes. These measures include educating drivers on the dangers and risks associated with distracted driving, reducing driver distractions through technology and engineering, enforcing existing laws, and implementing new ones.

How to avoid Distracted Driving while using GPS Navigation

When using GPS navigation, it is essential to be aware of the potential hazards of not giving full attention to the road. Distracted driving while using GPS navigation can cause a motorist to become involved in an accident or even lose their life due to becoming distracted by their GPS instead of concentrating on driving. To lessen the likelihood of this occurring, drivers should always plan their routes before leaving and turn off any distractions, such as phones or radios, until they are safely parked. If a motorist must use their GPS while driving, they should make sure they have adequate time for navigation and that it is set up before they leave so that modifications can be done without taking their eyes off the road for too long.

Using Voice Assistants while Driving-is it safe?

Voice assistant while driving technology has become increasingly prevalent in automobiles, raising concerns about the safety of using such systems while driving. Studies have shown that using voice assistants while driving can cause cognitive distractions that are just as dangerous as manual and visual distractions. Any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from the task of properly driving is considered a mental distraction. It implies that even if a motorist does not take their hands off the wheel to fumble with a gadget, chatting with a voice assistant may cause them to be distracted from their surroundings.

Learn more about how Ariel Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve.

With 30 years of experience, we have won millions of dollars in compensation to help alleviate the staggering physical, emotional, and financial toll that accidents take on our clients. Our track record of success indicates we know how to fight for our clients.

Our team has a proven 98% success rate and you will not pay any fees until we win your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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