Orange County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Distractions occur constantly while driving. A number of things can vie for our attention while we’re behind the wheel, including cell phones, pets, and kids—some people even try to eat or apply makeup while they drive.
Distracted driving often leads to accidents, and it’s usually the distracted driver who’s to blame. Not paying attention to the road is no excuse; it’s just another form of negligence.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver’s carelessness, you deserve compensation for your damages and expenses. Contact an Orange County distracted driving accident lawyer as soon as possible, and find out what you could be entitled to.
Distracted Driving and Negligence
California has strict rules when it comes to driving distracted, especially when electronics or cellphones were involved. The bottom line is that distracted driving is a hazard to the driver and to everybody else on the road.
As an Orange County distracted driving accident lawyer, an attorney at our firm will work to prove that the other driver was driving distracted, which under California law, will place much of the liability for the accident on him or her.
Comparative Negligence Laws
Under California’s comparative negligence laws, a distracted driver could be found liable for most or all of the damages in an accident.
For example, if the other driver was texting on a phone or distracted somehow, a greater percentage of negligence would likely be assigned to him or her.
The percentage of negligence assigned to you will directly reduce the total compensation you receive. In the above example, if the other driver were assigned 80 percent of the blame, this would leave you responsible for 20 percent. Your end settlement amount would then be reduced by a corresponding 20 percent.
Holding the Other Driver Responsible
Under California law, a distracted driver is driving recklessly and therefore a danger to the other drivers on the road. This could make the distracted driver liable for any of the following:
- Injuries sustained by others
- Damage to other vehicles
- Pain and suffering caused by the accident
Types of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving comes in many forms:
- Changing the radio station
- Texting on a cellphone
- Having an animated conversation with somebody else in the car
- Reaching over to pet an animal
- Eating and drinking
- And an almost infinite list of other potential distractions
Regardless of the exact distraction, a knowledgeable Orange County distracted driving accident lawyer will be invaluable to securing your case’s successful outcome.
Speak with an Orange County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Ultimately, what matters is how a distraction caused a driver to act negligently and how those actions led to a car accident. Our firm has the resources and experience necessary to investigate what happened and to gather the evidence necessary to prove it.
After an accident, you should seek legal assistance from a qualified Orange County distracted driving accident lawyer as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with Dickson, Kohan, and Bablove, LLP by calling us at 1-844-404-2400 or contacting our office online.