In modern times, technology has given us the ability to continuously be in communication with one another. This communication has come in many forms such as texting, emailing, or simply talking on the phone.
Though these different means of communication are convenient for all involved, they have also proven to be a considerable distraction when we are doing things that require our full attention such as driving. If you are the victim of a car accident due to a distracted driver, speak to a San Diego car accident lawyer at Injury Trial Lawyers today.
Distractions While Driving Increase Accidents
Every year the number of car accidents caused by a distracted driver continues to increase. These distractions come in different forms such eating breakfast in the car on the way to work, putting on makeup while driving, or dancing to music. Cell phone usage is one of the major distractions involved in car accidents because it takes the driver’s attention off of the road repeatedly.
According to Ewald and Wasserman Research Consultants, thus far in 2015, 5.4% of all observed drivers displayed distracted driving due to device use, compared to 3.8% in 2014, a significant increase of 1.6%. Because of situations such as this, the number of auto accidents has increased as well, which has led to additional laws being passed.
Consequences of Distraction
There are many consequences for being distracted while driving, such as accidents, civil suits, and fines. As for the number of accidents, it continues to increase because cell phone usage slows down your reaction time while driving.
When accidents occur and someone gets hurt as a result, this leaves a person vulnerable for a suit based on negligence. If you are sued, or sue someone for negligence, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. The plaintiff has to prove that the defendant owed a duty to them, that the defendant breached that duty, such as with their cell phone usage, that the defendant was the proximate cause and cause in fact to the injury, and that the defendant’s carelessness led to the plaintiff’s damages.
Due to potential litigation as well as a fatality that may result from cell phone usage, according to the Insurance Information Institute, 44 states and the District of Columbia have banned the practice of texting while driving.
In CA, drivers are required to use hands-free equipment while talking on the phone in the car. The violation of this law results in a $20 fine for the first offense and a $50 fine for all offenses afterwards. The same law is applied to texting while driving. If done repeatedly these fines can start to add up. Though fines are important, people’s lives are more important.
From lost wages to medical expenses, a distracted driver may have you footing the bill. But it does not have to be. If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help and you are not alone. Please do not hesitate to contact the Injury Trial Lawyers for possible assistance with your case.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC
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San Diego, CA 92101