Distracted Driving Accidents
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There has been an upward trend in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Many of those accidents are motorcycle crashes and serious bicycle and pedestrian cross walk injuries caused by distracted drivers. A motorist must keep track of their speed and lane position, follow traffic rules and regulations, and be mindful of unexpected hazards. San Francisco Bay Area distracted driving accident lawyer Michael S. Biggs of Biggs Law A.P.C. proudly assists Northern California residents with seeking compensation after another motorist’s carelessness has caused them to suffer injuries. As a car accident attorney who is poised and confident in the courtroom, he is not afraid to take on large insurers and other powerful entities when advocating for ordinary people.
Contact us now to have your case evaluated and find out what your rights to compensation may be. We offer a fast response and flexible office hours. We look forward to representing you.Distracted Driving Causes Serious Harm
In December 2016, California made significant changes to its distracted driving laws, making the penalties tougher for people who choose to text, talk on the phone, or otherwise take their attention off driving while behind the wheel. Drivers are prohibited from operating their cell phones while driving a motor vehicle unless they are using voice-operated commands or another hands-free device. Also, they must mount cell phones to the dashboard or windshield if they plan to use them while driving. This will hopefully discourage drivers from looking down and taking their eyes off the road when using map features or other aspects of their cell phones.
The penalties for violating this law include a $20 fine for the first infraction and a $50 fine for any subsequent infraction. Distracted driving may also lead to reckless driving, in which a driver consciously disregards the safety of other motorists and property. In California, reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor and carries potential jail time and a monetary penalty. Moreover, people who are injured as a result of another motorist’s distracted or reckless driving can bring a negligence claim with the assistance of a distracted driving accident attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area against the driver who was responsible for their injuries.
To recover compensation, a plaintiff in this type of case must prove that the defendant failed to operate their vehicle with the same reasonable care that a properly careful driver would use. This standard includes obeying traffic rules and regulations, such as California’s new distracted driving law. Evidence in a police report or other records of the accident that a driver was texting or otherwise distracted may be powerful evidence of liability.
After proving that the defendant was negligent, the plaintiff must also show that this negligence caused their injuries. In other words, the accident must have been something that would not have happened if the defendant had refrained from texting or engaging in any other form of distracting behavior before the crash. If the plaintiff also acted carelessly, they still may be able to receive a reduced amount of damages in proportion to the defendant’s percentage of fault. Damages that may be sought in these cases often include past and future medical bills, missed wages, loss of future earning capacity, lost enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.Hire a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Serving the San Francisco Bay Area Communities
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving distracted driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Understanding your rights and knowing how to navigate the legal system can be daunting, especially if the accident caused you to suffer painful or long-term injuries. San Francisco Bay Area distracted driving accident attorney Michael S. Biggs can assist you with each phase of the litigation, ranging from collecting evidence and identifying potentially liable parties to consulting expert witnesses and battling with insurance companies. Biggs Law Office A.P.C. has an office in Walnut Creek, and can assist victims throughout San Francisco, Sonoma, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties. To schedule a consultation, call us now at 925.933.1300 or contact us online to get started. Distracted driving is just one cause of accidents Biggs Law Office A.P.C. also can help people who are seeking an accident lawyer or assistance with another type of car accident case.