Texting & Driving
Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Distracted driving has been touted as one of the leading factors behind recent increases in the number of deaths on American roads. In fact, safety advocates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have referred to distracted driving as a nationwide epidemic that continues to cause thousands of preventable injuries and deaths every year. While all forms of distraction are dangerous when they take place behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, experts unanimously agree that texting and driving poses the greatest risks.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was texting or using their cell phone at the time, you need to understand that this negligence should never be tolerated. You have the right to hold them civilly accountable for failing to uphold their legal duty of safely operating their vehicles, and to hold them liable for any injuries and damages you incurred, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
At Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law, our San Diego car accident lawyers draw from more than 60 years of combined experience to handle all types of auto accident cases, including those involving texting drivers. Our proven lawyers have secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients across Southern California, and we are prepared to put our experience and passion to work for you.
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Why Texting & Driving is Dangerous
Text messaging behind the wheel, as well as cell phone use involving applications, social media, and e-mails, is considered the most dangerous form of driver distraction because it commands multiple forms of a driver’s attention at once:
This risky multi-tasking can take a driver’s eyes, hands, and thoughts off the road, substantially increasing their risks for accidents. When drivers who text or use their phones behind the wheel do cause accidents, victims they injure have a right to pursue legal action and a recovery of their damages through personal injury claims. Families who lost loved ones in fatal distracted driving accidents also have a right to pursue justice and compensation through wrongful death claims.
Understanding the Personal Injury Claim Process
While texting and driving and cell phone use may be against the law in California, it is important to remember that even if drivers were to be ticketed or face criminal charges for their negligence, these proceedings do not provide victims with the opportunity to be fully compensated for their losses. In order to pursue a full recovery of their damages, victims will need to pursue legal action in civil court.
By holding distracted drivers civilly liable for their damages, victims make it clear that negligence behind the wheel should never be tolerated. Text messaging and driving is something any reasonable person would know increases crash risks, and is a clear exhibition of carelessness and disregard for the safety of others. Because all drivers have a legal duty to operate their vehicles safely, they can be held fully accountable when they do not. Successful personal injury claims can accomplish just that, and provide victims with the financial compensation they need to cover their economic and non-economic damages.
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Our legal team at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law is standing by to help you better understand your rights, the legal process ahead, and what we can do to guide you toward a successful resolution. Our attorneys understand that unpredictable accidents can wreak havoc on the lives of victims and their loved ones, which is why we go the extra mile to provide the comprehensive support and representation clients need during these difficult times. Meanwhile, we fight aggressively to ensure insurance companies don’t succeed in their goals to pay you as little as possible.
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