There are a lot of distractions that can vie for our attention while behind the wheel. The cell phone can ring. We can get a text or email that may require our “immediate” attention. The kids can demand our attention. The radio station may need to be changed so we can find a song that we prefer. We may be running late and need to apply make up in the car. Or we may be very hungry and need to eat. Although any of these activities may be legitimate activities on their own, when they are done behind the wheel they are considered distractions that could result in serious accidents. Not paying attention while behind the wheel is not an excuse, but rather another form of negligence.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident that was caused as a result of the negligent actions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and expenses.
Distracted Driving and Negligence
Most states have strict rules when it comes to distracted driving, especially when it involves the use of electronics and cellular phones. These laws are designed with very good intentions – to reduce or avoid hazardous driving conditions that could result in serious or even fatal motor vehicle accidents.
California is one several states that has enacted comparative negligence laws, under which a motorist could be found liable for most or all of the damages in an accident. For example, if the other motorist was using a cell phone or texting, the insurance company may assign a higher percentage of negligence for the accident. This percentage of negligence will significantly impact your case because it will reduce the total compensation that you receive.
Common Types of Distracted Driving
Some common forms of distracted driving include:
- Texting or checking email on a cell phone
- Talking on the phone
- Changing the radio station
- Reaching over to pet an animal
- Eating or drinking
- Attending to rowdy children in the backseat
- Applying make up
Regardless of what type of distraction the other party was involved in causing your accident, it is imperative that you seek the experienced help of an Orange County distracted driving accident attorney to help you obtain full compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of earning and loss of potential earning capacity
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Any other out of pocket expenses related to the subject accident
Call an Orange County Car Accident Attorney Today!
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or any other accident, caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, our experienced Orange County car accident attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.