Causes of Car Accidents: Driving While Talking
Talking to a passenger or talking on the phone may be dangerous while a person is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. A distracted driver of this kind may easily cause a catastrophic auto accident that results in serious injury or even the wrongful death of one or more people. In fact, a study by the University of Utah revealed that talking on a cell phone while driving may delay a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol level of .08% (the legal limit that constitutes drunk driving in California). This study applied to both drivers using hands free or handheld devices.
If you were involved in an auto accident in Los Angeles and the other driver was talking on the phone or otherwise distracted at the time of the accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. A car accident lawyer at our law firm can meet with you to talk about the accident and what injury you have suffered, as well as what can be done to hold the distracted driver responsible for his or her actions. Although specific results will vary depending on the case, you may be able to seek a significant amount of financial compensation for your injuries, damage to your vehicle, and emotional trauma. All of this can help you rebuild and move on with your life.
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A driver who is talking on his or her cell phone may be distracted and may therefore commit any of a number of traffic violations or other actions that put others on the road at risk. Delayed reaction time may cause a rear-end collision, or a driver on the phone may simply not notice a pedestrian or bicyclist until it is too late. No matter the circumstances of your accident, working with a personal injury attorney will give you the best opportunity of reaching a positive case resolution that results in you receiving the money you need for medical care, lost wages, and possibly much more.
Texting While Driving
Were you involved in an auto accident where the other driver was texting while driving? If so, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the distracted driver under California personal injury law. Pacific Attorney Group can meet with you to talk about your particular case and your legal options during a free initial consultation. Our firm takes on all types of motor vehicle accident claims and lawsuits throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and we will be happy to see how we can help you.
Texting and Car Accidents in California
Texting while driving is just as serious as driving while talking on the phone. In some ways, driving while texting may be more dangerous as the driver must continuously look at his or her phone while reading or writing a text message. In these situations, the driver will not be paying full attention to the road, traffic signals and other vehicles around him or her. Texting while driving may result in a driver having a significantly delayed reaction time, similar to what occurs to a driver who is operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
California law has recognized the dangers of texting while driving by implementing laws to prohibit such conduct. As a matter of fact, a driver may receive a ticket for driving while texting. The Wireless Communications Device Law went into effect on January 1, 2009, making it an infraction to read, write or send any text-based communication while driving. It is also an infraction to drive while talking on the phone, unless the driver is 18 or over and is using a hands free device. Law enforcement officers are authorized to pull over any drivers they observe violating these laws, at any time.
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