Driving is a great responsibility. Unfortunately, many drivers do not take this responsibility as seriously as they should. A vehicle is a weapon capable of destroying lives. When an inattentive, negligent, or distracted driver gets behind the wheel, the consequences can be severe – resulting in auto accidents, injuries, and even death. If a driver was texting, eating, or otherwise distracted at the time of your accident, come to the Los Angeles personal injury lawyer team at Grey Law for aggressive legal representation.
Common Driver Distractions
“Distracted driving” occurs when the driver engages in any activity that takes his or her attention away from driving. Any kind of distraction can endanger the lives of the driver, passengers, and bystanders. Today, cell phone use while driving is the number-one driver distraction. Sending or reading a text message takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of five seconds. Those five seconds of distraction are the equivalent of driving blindfolded across the length of a football field.
8 of the most common driving distractions are:
- Emailing or scrolling through social media
- Using apps such as Snapchat
- Watching a video
- Eating and drinking
- Personal grooming
- Fiddling with radio or GPS
- Passengers in the vehicle
Distractions do not have to be physical. They can also be mental or emotional. “Inattention blindness” occurs when a driver is technically watching the road, but his or her brain is not paying attention. This can happen when the driver’s mind is on things other than the driving task, such as a conversation he or she is having over the phone. Talking on the phone, even with a hands-free device, poses the threat of inattention blindness to drivers.
A driver may also be emotionally distracted. If something in a driver’s personal life makes him or her angry, sad, worried, or even ecstatically happy, it can affect driving abilities. Anger, for example, can lead to speeding and road rage. Sadness or driving while crying impedes vision and can affect a driver’s decision-making skills. Proving nonphysical distractions may require interviewing family members and witnesses to attest to the driver’s mental and emotional state at the time of the accident.
Proving Negligence in a Distracted Driving Auto Accident
California’s pure comparative fault rules in auto accidents makes it important for accident victims to hire a skilled Los Angeles distracted driver accident attorney. The judge will deduct a victim’s percentage of fault from the total amount of compensation he or she receives. Proving the other driver’s negligence is crucial for obtaining compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and mental anguish. Proving that a driver was distracted at the time of the accident is possible using highway footage of the accident, police reports, officer testimony, cell phone records, and witness accounts.
Cell phone distractions not only prove a driver’s negligence in an accident, but they also prove that the driver broke the law. California law bans the use of handheld cell phones while driving. However, drivers over the age of 18 can use hands-free cell phones, and an attorney can use a driver’s use of this device against him or her as proof of distraction.
Hire a Skilled Los Angeles Distracted Driving Lawyer For your Case
Every car accident victim deserves the chance to obtain compensation for injuries and property damage. If you believe a driver’s distraction caused your injury, call Grey Law at (323) 857-9500 to discuss your case with a skilled Los Angeles distracted driver accident attorney. We know how to gather evidence that proves the other driver’s distraction, and we believe that there is no excuse for distracted driving. When an irresponsible and inattentive driver causes personal injury or property damage, retribution is available to victims.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.