Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver's mind, hands or even their mind off of the road and the situation at hand. While not all distracted driving practices are illegal, they can prove dangerous. In fact, distracted driving caused more than 3,000 deaths in 2010 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One of the leading types of distracted driving is texting while driving. Among all types of distracted driving accidents in the United States, texting while driving makes up 18 percent of distracted driving fatalities. Texting and driving is illegal in California, as is driving while talking on the phone. The state of California implemented these cell phone laws due to the high volume of cell phone related accidents were taking place on a yearly basis.
Distracted driving can also take on the form of practices such as changing the radio station, talking to other passengers in the vehicle, putting on makeup and even eating. These things are not illegal, but could put a person at risk for civil penalties if their distracted driving caused an accident leading to injury or death. If you or someone you love was the victim of a distracted driving accident, such as texting while driving, then please do not hesitate to speak with a Santa Clarita car accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today.
After you are involved in a car accident you will need to file an auto claim with your insurance company. Depending on the company that insures you, you may be able to check the status of your claim online or by calling in. After your claim has been processed, you will have an insurance adjuster assigned to your case. The adjuster will evaluate the nature of the accident as well as view the police report. This information will be compiled into a report in order to determine the amount of compensation that the car accident victim is entitled to. Unfortunately, what can happen is that liability can be wrongfully shifted onto you.
Because you are only entitled to compensation up to the amount that the other driver was liable for, you may receive less compensation if you are determined to have been partially at fault for the accident. Your insurance company as well could estimate an amount lower than you are actually entitled to. In order to ensure that you get the full amount that you are entitled to, you should secure representation from our firm. At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, our job is to maximize your recovery. If a driver wasn't paying attention and hit you, then this is considered negligence. Our firm will fight for you, so be sure to call our firm after your accident to speak with us about representation.
In order to ensure that you get maximum compensation, it may be wise to enlist the representation of a personal injury attorney. Texting while driving accidents are surprisingly common, but they are never acceptable. Our firm is equipped to handle cases even when they go to court. To learn more about representation, please contact a Santa Clarita car accident lawyer at our firm today!