Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors, leading to thousands of car accidents, injuries, and deaths each year. And sadly, due to the ubiquity of cell phones and handheld mobile devices and their use by drivers, distracted driving has actually increased in recent years.
At the law offices of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles distracted driving accident lawyers are ready to help you prove the distraction of the driver who caused your accident and represent you in recovering a fair settlement. Please call our law office today for your free consultation.
Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving refers to engaging in any type of behavior while operating a motor vehicle that turns one’s attention away from the act of driving. In the digital age, distracted driving often involves texting, emailing, using various phone applications, or talking on a phone while driving. However, mobile devices are not the only sources of distraction that take drivers’ attention. Other acts of distracted driving include:
- Putting on makeup;
- Talking to passengers;
- Attending to children or pets;
- Using a map or GPS devices;
- Changing the music or adjusting the volume;
- Looking out the window/rubbernecking; and
- Eating or drinking.
While distracted driving may not be illegal (the state of California only prohibits the use of a handheld device while driving), it is negligent.
How to Prove Driver Distraction after a Crash
If you have been harmed in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you will have to prove that the driver was distracted and that this distraction was the direct cause of your accident in order to receive compensation. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers can help – we fully investigate our clients’ accidents in order to gather all relevant evidence and prove liability. In a distracted driver accident claim, types of evidence that we may collect and that may be useful in proving your claim include:
- Interviews with eyewitnesses;
- Photograph or video evidence;
- Driver cell phone logs;
- Police reports;
- Event data recorder information; and
- Drivers’ and passengers’ statements.
In addition to the above, we also work with accident reconstruction and other experts to determine the precise cause of an accident and prove liability.
Initiate the Process Today
A distracted driver can cause thousands of dollars worth of harm in the form of medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain, suffering, emotional anguish, disability, and more. When a car accident caused by a distracted driver leaves you harmed, you deserve compensation for all of your losses.
In order to guarantee your right to compensation, it is critical that you act quickly. Not only may evidence be destroyed if too much time passes before its collection, but failure to act may also result in a breach of the statute of limitations. In California, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the cause of action.
Call Our Los Angeles Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Today
For your free, no-obligation consultation with our Los Angeles distracted driving accident attorneys, please call our law firm directly or send us a message telling us more about your case. We work on a contingency fee basis and are ready to start building your claim and working to maximize your settlement amount today.