Distracted driving poses a threat to everyone on the road, and the costs are more than just financial. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, nearly 3500 people lost their lives and 391,000 were injured in the United States because of distractions alone. The U.S. Department of Transportation noted that cell phones played a role in 1.6 million crashes and 6,000 deaths in 2015.
Given the amount of negligent driving in the area, it’s not uncommon for San Bernardino residents to incur injury following a car accident with a distracted driver. If this applies to you, what are your legal options?
California law stipulates that a person may sue an at-fault driver to pay for economic and general damages. When one driver sues another for damages, the plaintiff (the person suing) must prove the other driver was at-fault for the accident due to careless or reckless driving. In many recent cases, the courts have agreed that the defendant was at fault for an accident because they were driving distracted.
Driving distracted doesn’t just mean texting behind the wheel – it also applies to talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, applying makeup, eating, or using a car’s touchscreen. Anything that takes your attention from the road could result in a police citation.
If you believe distracted driving played a role in your accident, you will need to provide sufficient evidence that:
If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, there are certain steps you can take to protect your claim:
Lastly, a personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries and any intangible losses, like pain and suffering. Estey and Bomberger, LLP offers San Bernardino accident victims a free initial consultation. Let us provide you risk-free legal advice. Contact us to schedule your case evaluation today! (951) 543-9020
If you are hesitant to contact us about your claim, it may help you to gain an understanding of what personal injury law is, and what is is not. We are ready to help you. Whether you prefer talking on the phone, coming into our office in Riverside, or you need us to come to where you are, give us a call at 951-543-9020 to schedule an appointment.