Distracted Driving Attorneys in Pasadena
Upholding Distracted Driving Laws and Protecting Your Rights
Every day, distracted driving causes about 9 deaths and 1,000 injuries. Motor vehicles are incredibly dangerous machines that require a great deal of care and attention to operate. When a driver does not keep their eyes on the road, removes their hands from the steering wheel, or otherwise lets their focus wander, they are putting everyone around them at risk.
If a distracted driver causes an accident, they are legally responsible for all the damages associated with the crash. This is why drivers in California are required to carry liability insurance. In some cases, however, car insurance is not enough to cover the injuries and losses the accident inspired. When this is the situation, victims are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver and/or their insurance company.
While a settlement or verdict will not change what happened, it will equip those affected by the accident with valuable monetary resources to help them recover and move on with their lives.
Do the circumstances above sound familiar? Have you been injured by or lost a loved one to a distracted driver? If so, we encourage you to pursue compensation with KP Law.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as:
“driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.”
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Talking or texting on a mobile phone
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Applying cosmetics
- Adjusting entertainment, navigation, or climate control systems
- Talking to passengers
- Wrangling children or pets
While tempting, the behaviors above are never acceptable when you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
If the driver who caused your crash was doing any of the above activities at the time of your collision, please call (866) 973-5691 today!
Types of Distraction
You may have been surprised to see “daydreaming” as an example of distracted driving in the previous section. Letting your mind wander is considered distracted driving due to the 3 main types of distraction.
Visual distractions occur any time you take your eyes off the road;
Manual distractions involve you taking your hands off the wheel;
And cognitive distractions happen whenever you take your mind off driving.
Perhaps the most dangerous distracted driving behavior is texting while driving. This is because texting combines all 3 types of distraction. Reading or sending a text message requires you to take your eyes and attention off the road for at least 5 seconds. If you are traveling at 55 mph, 5 seconds is long enough to cover the length of an entire football field.
If you’ve been injured by someone who was texting and driving at the time of an accident, our attorneys can help.
Texting and Driving Accidents
Researchers have consistently linked texting and cellphone use to increased crash risks, and some say texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Nevertheless, approximately 481,000 drivers use cell phones while driving during daylight hours across America.
In 2017 alone, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers.
In 2018, distracted driving crashes made up 7.8% of the year's total traffic fatalities.
Many states have laws that ban texting and some ban handheld cellphone use altogether.
Distracted Driving Laws
Texting and handheld cellphone use are both banned for all drivers in California. Drivers younger than 18 are not allowed to use any kind of wireless communication or text while driving, including handheld and hands-free cellphones.
Those spotted texting and driving will receive a traffic ticket and may also face:
- Courtroom appearances
- Court costs and attorney’s fees
- Suspended driving privileges
- Increased insurance rates
The consequences above aim to discourage distracted driving and can be inconvenient, but nothing compares to the unfathomable costs of causing an injury or untimely death.
To hold distracted drivers accountable, look no further than our firm.
How Our Team Can Help
At KP Law, we have 40 years of experience handling car accident claims, including those inspired by distracted driving or texting and driving. As former insurance defense lawyers, we understand both sides of the law and have access to leading expert witnesses.
Our attorneys entered personal injury law to help people in need. We have a history of strong case results and we never collect a fee unless we win your case. Further, our legal team is available 24/7 for our clients. From the moment you come through our doors for a free consultation, our firm will be on your side.