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, 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, you need to understand that this negligence should never be tolerated. You have the right to hold them 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.
At Klein DeNatale Goldner, our Bakersfield car accident lawyers draw from 70 years of combined experience to handle all types of auto accident cases, including those involving texting and driving. Our proven lawyers have secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients across California, and we are prepared to put our experience and passion to work for you.
Call us at (661) 485-2100 to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.
Why Texting & Driving Is Dangerous
Texting while driving – or any form of 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 risk of causing an accident. When drivers who text or use their phones behind the wheel do cause accidents, the people they injure have the right to pursue legal action through personal injury claims. Families who have lost loved ones in fatal distracted driving accidents also have the right to pursue justice and compensation through wrongful death claims.
Understanding the Personal Injury Claim Process
Though texting while driving is 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 obtain 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 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 while providing victims with the financial compensation they need to cover their economic and non-economic damages.
Learn More about Your Rights during a Free Case Evaluation
Our legal team at Klein DeNatale Goldner is here to help you better understand your rights, the legal process ahead, and what we can do to guide you toward a successful resolution. Our Bakersfield car accident 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 that insurance companies don’t succeed in their goals to pay you as little as possible.