Distracted Driving Accidents
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Distraction may have always been a risk throughout the history of motor vehicles, but is today considered one of the most dangerous and concerning hazards on our roadways. In fact, the National Safety Council has cited distracted driving, and cell phone use while driving in particular, as the leading factor behind recent increased in roadway fatalities. Each year, statistics show, distracted driving causes thousands of preventable car accidents, injuries, and deaths.
Because distracted driving is a negligent and careless act, victims injured in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers have every right to seek the justice and compensation they deserve. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have extensive experience protecting the rights of auto accident victims throughout Southern California, and are prepared to fight for you after a distraction-affected crash that caused you harm.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs any time a motorist fails to make the act of driving their primary focus. While some distractions behind the wheel may be less severe than others, distraction from the road can lead to devastating auto accidents, injuries, and death. Common examples of distracted driving include:
- Cell phone use and text messaging
- Adjusting music or using a smart phone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading maps or looking at directions
Texting While Driving
Although there are many forms of distracted driving, all of which pose risks to public safety, experts agree that texting and cell phone use while driving is the most concerning distraction. That’s because using a cell phone to read and enter text can command multiple forms of a driver’s attention (manual, physical, and cognitive) and increase a driver’s risk of crashing by over 20 times.
Because the risks of texting while driving are so well known, California, like many other states, has passed laws prohibiting text messaging behind the wheel, as well as the handheld use of any cell phone. Drivers who still choose to text or use their cell phone while driving are not only violating the law, they’re violating their legal obligation to drive safely.
Victims’ Right to Compensation
Personal injury lawsuits enable victims of negligence to seek accountability on the part of the at-fault party. In addition to holding negligent drivers accountable, successful claims or lawsuits can also provide victims with the opportunity to recover the economic and non-economic damages they incurred, including:
- Medical bills (past and projected future expenses)
- Lost wages (caused by missing work) and any lost future earnings
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional injuries, including mental anguish
- Property damage
- Other relevant economic or non-economic losses
One thing that’s important for victims to remember is that while there are pathways to recovering compensation, those recoveries are never guaranteed. That’s primarily due to the fact that insurance companies which handle these claims and lawsuits fight aggressively to protect their financial interests, and pay victims as little as they possibly can. To level the playing field with these powerful corporations, and fight for the maximum compensation possible, victims can work with proven and experienced lawyers like those at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP.
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If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was distracted, you can find the support and representation you need at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are passionate about fighting for the injured and their families, and have proven ourselves adept in handling even the toughest cases.
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