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:
Most of these behaviors seem innocent enough, but the results can be deadly. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, Ariel Law Group will fight for a fair settlement for you.
*Unless otherwise noted, the statistics used were compiled here from various sources
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.