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Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

Distracted driving is a major problem all over the country. In California in 2021,140 people were killed in distracted driving accidents, which is more than a 27% increase from 2020.

If you are injured in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent driver, a distracted driving accident lawyer at Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers can help. Our dedicated legal team has decades of experience handling complex auto accident cases and knows how to investigate distracted driving collisions to uncover the truth.

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What is Considered Distracted Driving and Why is it Dangerous?

Distracted driving is any type of activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. 

Common causes of distracted driving include:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Talking to a passenger in the vehicle
  • Paying attention to a GPS device
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Eating or drinking
  • Applying makeup

Distracted driving is dangerous because taking your eyes off the road, even for a second, significantly increases the risk of a motor vehicle collision.

Types of Distracted Driving

There are four common types of distracted driving:

Cognitive: Thinking about something other than driving 
Auditory: Any sounds that affect the driver’s ability to hear, taking their attention off the road. 
Visual: Anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road 
Manual: A distraction that can cause the driver to take their hands off the wheel

How Can a Distracted Driving Attorney Help?

Hiring a distracted driving accident lawyer can increase your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. 

A distracted driving accident lawyer can:

  • Investigate your accident
  • Gather and analyze evidence
  • Consult with experts
  • Assess damages
  • Handle all interactions with the insurance company
  • Negotiate a fair settlement
  • File a lawsuit (if necessary)

At Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers, our distracted driving accident attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong case that will hold the negligent driver accountable for your accident-related damages.

Our legal team knows how to negotiate with claims adjusters and will not back down until you recover the compensation you’re owed. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, our trial-tested attorneys will prepare your case for court.

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How to Prove Driver Distraction

At Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers, we know how to gather evidence to prove the other motorist was driving while distracted, which led to the accident and your subsequent injuries and other damages. 

We can collect evidence, such as:

Phone Records

Our legal team can subpoena the other driver’s cell phone provider to obtain their phone records. These records will allow us to see whether the driver was talking on the phone or texting while driving. The records can also show which apps the driver was using at the time of the collision.

Police Report

Law enforcement will fill out a police report after responding to the accident. A police report contains helpful information that can help your attorney prove liability.

Eyewitness Testimony

We can contact and interview eyewitnesses who saw what happened and obtain their oral or written testimony.

Photographic Evidence

Bystander video footage, dash cams, and traffic cameras can provide evidence of distracted driving.

What Damages Can I Recover?

The types of economic and non-economic damages you’re entitled to will depend on many factors, including the severity of your injuries, how much time you missed at work, the value of property damage, and more. 

In many auto accident cases, the accident victim can pursue the following types of damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
And more.

Your attorney will carefully investigate your case and assess damages to ensure you pursue every penny of compensation you’re owed.

What Are Common Injuries Suffered in Auto Accidents in California?

At Child & Jackson, our distracted driving accident lawyers have handled many accident claims involving the following types of injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Broken bones/bone fractures
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage
  • Facial injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Leg and arm injuries
  • Burns
  • Chest injuries
  • Dental injuries

Distracted Driving Laws in California that Every Driver Should Know

In California, using your phone while driving is illegal and dangerous. While driving, you cannot hold and use a phone or other type of electronic communication device while driving. You must use your phone hands-free, placing the phone on speaker phone or by using voice commands. 

Drivers under 18 years of age are not allowed to use a cell phone for any reason.

Legal Consequences Of Distracted Driving

If you are caught by law enforcement texting or holding a cell phone talking while driving, there are legal consequences:

Base fine-first offense: $20 citation 
Base fine-all subsequent offenses: $50

In addition to the base fine, drivers will be required to pay a variety of fees, depending on the county and city where the citation was issued. With these additional fees included, the average cost of a first offense often exceeds $150, while subsequent offenses exceed $250.

Contact Us Today

If you were injured in an auto accident that was caused by a distracted driver, contact Child & Jackson Personal Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free legal consultation. Our distracted driving accident lawyers have decades of experience fighting insurance companies for the compensation our clients deserve and can provide the dedicated and knowledgeable legal guidance and advice you need during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation.

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