Traffic collisions occur every day. Although some may be the result of genuine mistakes and unfortunate circumstances, many more are caused by the negligence and wrongful acts of drivers. In California, all motorists are required to take reasonable measures to obey traffic laws, drive safely, and keep others on the road free from preventable. When drivers fail to uphold this legal duty, injured victims and families may have a right to file a personal injury claim to recover their damages.
Drivers may fail to drive responsibly in numerous ways. In recent years, one of the most alarming forms of negligence and distraction has been texting while driving. In fact, texting while driving has become a national epidemic – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – texting behind the wheel causes thousands of accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. This is because text messaging increases risks of traffic collision by as much as 23 times. For this reason alone, states across the country have passed laws banning texting and the use of cell phones while driving. In California, the following laws apply:
- Ban on the use of handheld devices, including cell phones, for all drivers
- Ban on text messaging for all drivers
- Ban an all cell phone use, including handheld and hands-free devices, for drivers under 18
- Ban on all cell phone use, including hands-free and handheld devices, for bus drivers
Victims' Rights to Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or any other traffic accident caused by a driver who was texting at the time, you may have a right to recover financial compensation for your damages. As texting while driving is an extremely negligent act that any reasonable person should know increases risks of accidents, and because it is illegal in California, drivers who do text behind the wheel and cause accidents and injuries can be held liable for the harm they caused.
At Lessem Newstate & Tooson, LLP, our Ventura personal injury lawyers have represented many auto accident victims and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on their behalves. We know that injured victims require compensation to cover their physical, emotional, and financial damages, and we believe that negligent drivers should be held fully accountable.
If you would like more information about filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of a Ventura car accident attorney from our firm, call (800) 462-7160 for a free consultation. We are available 24/7.