Distracted driving accidents can lead to many injuries, from whiplash to severe brain and spinal cord injuries. Sometimes, fatalities can occur as a result of a distracted driver. If you suffer an injury from a vehicle, motorcycle, or truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for short and long-term medical care, car repairs, and pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and get the legal representation and medical treatment you need.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any activity, such as using your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment, or navigation system, that diverts attention from driving. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
Using cell phones while driving has caused accidents and serious injuries. Texting drivers not only endanger themselves but also put other drivers on the road at risk. Drivers causing an accident due to texting and driving are responsible for the resulting injuries.
California prohibits the use of texting and handheld devices at all times. Drivers should not make phone calls, hold their phone, or text while operating a motor vehicle at any time. Drivers below the age of 18 should not use a cell phone for any reason while driving — even in a hands-free manner.
California law bans drivers from operating a handheld wireless phone. Drivers who violate the law must pay a fine. However, after July 1, 2021, or the enactment of the AB 47, additional penalties are imposed on drivers who violate the current hands-free law. They will also receive a point on their driving record for at least 36 months.
If you lost someone due to an accident caused by a distracted driver, you might be entitled to compensation for burial expenses or the loss of a contributing wage earner in your family.
Suppose you are facing medical and financial challenges due to an accident caused by a distracted driver. In that case, you must understand your rights as an accident victim before you sign any agreements or speak to an insurance adjuster. Insurance firms have attorneys on their side, and so should you. Contact a California personal injury attorney who specializes in distracted driver accidents for a confidential consultation.