Texting while driving is an incredibly dangerous and self-centered behavior that places a driver and anybody around him or her at a dramatically increased risk of an accident resulting in serious injuries or death. If you were injured, or if you lost a loved one as a result of somebody who was texting while driving, contact us at Maison Law, and we can talk about how to preserve and protect your right to compensation for your damages and losses.
Texting and Driving in California
Texting while driving is distracted driving, and distracted driving causes accidents. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that it’s against the law to use a cell phone or similar device while it’s in your hands while driving on any roadway in the state. It’s a simple matter of public safety. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving as it requires three forms of distraction at the same time. Those are:
- Visual distractions when a driver takes their eyes off of the road to use their device.
- Manual distraction when the driver takes one or both hands off of the wheel to use the device.
- Cognitive distraction when the driver takes his or her mind off of the task of driving safely.
Common Injuries in Texting While Driving Accidents
According to the National Safety Council, about 390,000 injuries occur in texting while driving accidents every year. These injuries are often severe in texting while driving accidents because distraction prevents a texting driver from recognizing a hazard on the roadway and slowing down or stopping to avoid it. Here are some common injuries suffered in texting while driving accidents:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Multiple fractures.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Damage to spinal discs.
- Abrasions and deep cuts with the likelihood of infection.
- Wrongful death.
Damages in Distracted Driving Cases
For purposes of maximizing a distracted driving victim’s settlement or award, we carefully consider the circumstances surrounding the accident along with how it has affected our client. Maison Law wants every possible type of damages included in the client’s case fully compensated. Damages included in a texting while driving case will likely include the following:
- Emergency room, hospitalization and rehabilitation bills.
- Earnings lost as a result of the accident.
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Funeral and burial expenses plus other substantial damages in the event of wrongful death.
Contact Maison Law Today
In seeking compensation for the damages that you suffered in a texting while driving case, there are two things that you need to realize right away. First, the opposing insurance adjuster isn’t your friend, and he or she will try to take control of your case from the start. Next, no matter how concerned that the opposing adjuster seems about your situation, it’s his or her job to pay you as little as possible as compensation for your injuries.
When trying to represent yourself while recovering from the injuries that you suffered, you’re likely to make mistakes that will operate to substantially devalue your claim. Don’t relinquish control of your case to the party who wants to pay you as little as possible.
Contact us at Maison Law right away after being injured in a texting and driving accident anywhere in California for a case consultation and evaluation at no cost at all to you. Unlike the opposing insurer, our objective is to maximize the settlement or award that you deserve.