Stockton Auto Accident Attorney Helps Victims of Accidents Caused by Distracted & Negligent Drivers
As if driving a multi-thousand pound vehicle at 60 miles per hour wasn’t dangerous enough… Now half the drivers on the road aren’t even paying attention to what they are doing!!!!
With the advent of the smart phone and the new technological era that it brought along, we have seen distracted driving statistics increase at an alarming rate. The problem with distracted driving is that it directly correlates with the number of automobile accidents that occur every year. As the distracted driving rate goes up, we have more accidents – as it decreases, we have less. The math is simple enough, right?
Unfortunately, stopping the problem is not, and if we choose to be on the road, we will have to deal with it the best we can.
Below are some common types of distracted driving:
- Eating and drinking
- Applying makeup or grooming yourself
- Emotional distress, sleep deprivation and other forms of fatigue
- Rubber necking or taking your eyes of the road to view something occurring elsewhere
- Using an electronic device such as a phone or tablet to talk, text, navigate or watch some form of media while driving
- Talking with a passenger and other passenger related distractions such as turning around to reprimand children in the backseat
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, regardless of whether they are prescribed or legal
Sometimes, people don’t even need a legitimate reason to become distracted, it just happens. Take a day dream for example, do you have control over when that happens? Nevertheless, it can cause a very serious accident and the distracted driver is likely to be liable. Research continues to show that distracted driving is the most serious problem plaguing our nation’s roads and highways. In 2014, over 3,000 people were killed and 430,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted motorists. The statistics show that distracted driving is most prevalent in younger drivers, and they are also the most susceptible to consequences from distracted driving. Make sure you educate your children on the dangers of distracted driving.
What do I do if I was in a crash with a suspected distracted driver?
Proving that a driver was distracted when they were involved in an accident with you is very important. Many states including California, have laws that will greatly affect the liability of individuals involved in a vehicle accident if one or more of the drivers was distracted. Laws have become especially stringent with regards to cell phone use while driving. Proving distraction can be difficult depending on the situation, but it will greatly impact the settlement you receive. Doing all that you can and collecting as much information as possible at the time of the accident is vitally important. Proving an individual was reading or rubbernecking may be difficult due to a lack of evidence that can be used to prove that type of distraction. Other forms of distraction like cell phone use or driving under the influence are more likely to be proven by police investigation because of the type of hard evidence available.
The most important thing you can do is let the arriving officer know that you suspect the other drive was distracted. This way, the police will be more likely to properly investigate and collect the necessary evidence from the scene. If police or emergency services do not come to the scene of your accident, it is important that you secure the names and contact information of any other witnesses to the event. Finally, you will want to secure the best possible legal representation when you seek compensation for your injuries and / or property damage.
The attorneys at this law firm are experienced in securing settlements for car crash victims in the Stockton area and across Northern California. Please give us a call for a free consultation with an experienced Stockton auto accident attorney today.