Every single day we receive phone calls from those that have been injured in a Los Angeles car accident at no fault of their own. Unfortunately, a large number of accidents in Southern California could be avoided if drivers were not distracted while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
There are a number of valid “arguments” as to what is deemed as distracted driving. Distracted driving is driving while performing any activity which could potentially distract a driver from the primary task of operating a running vehicle. Note that some legal definitions will state that the vehicle must be moving or on. If a person is sitting in a parking spot while looking at their smartphone this is not deemed as distracted driving.
At the SoCal Injury Lawyers firm we suggest people never:
- Text and drive
- Talk on the phone
- Focus on children in the backseat
- Play with your GPS while your car is in motion
- Look at scenery on the side of the road
- Engage in heated discussions with passengers
- Listen to overly loud music
- Look at people on the sidewalk
- Daydream or get caught up in your thoughts
- Read billboards
- Play games on mobile devices
- Adjust settings for technology used in your car
- Reach for items in the car
- Slow down to look at a crash scene
- Brush your hair and put on make up
- Eat and drink
If you ever have the urge to do any of these things remember to focus on the road and avoid the distractions. By simply looking down for two seconds you are putting yourself and others in harm’s way. Even if you are only driving at 15 or 20 mph you are still behind the wheel of a vehicle that weighs over 3000 pounds.
Negligence and Recklessness
Even if someone is not pulled over, it does not mean they were not negligent while driving. Distracted driving can be a difficult explanation in the court of law but experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers can explain, in great detail and with evidence, that a driver was distracted when an accident or crash occurred.
A respected personal injury firm can obtain cell phone data to see the time in which a text or phone call was made. Although this is not the only evidence needed, it is a important information for the judge and jury. It can also be helpful when dealing with the car insurance company that does not want to pay the proper compensation to the individual(s) that were injured in the car accident.
At SoCal Injury Lawyers we have extensive research with distracted driving and can help you better understand what legal rights you have moving forward. Feel free to call us at (800) 950-7755 to speak with an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer today. We will properly utilize our entire legal team to seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.