It is not uncommon to see drivers on the roadway with their eyes glued to their phones. Unfortunately, technology has led to an increase in distracted driving accidents on Los Angeles roadways. At JML Law, we are here to help if you need a Los Angeles texting and driving accident attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the actions of another driver, we will thoroughly investigate your case to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Texting and driving in Los Angeles is deadly
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were more than 2,600 people killed across this country due to distracted driving during the latest reporting year. The OTS says that nearly half of all drivers in California indicate that texting while driving is the most serious distraction that can occur on the roadway. Indeed, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seems to concur.
According to the CDC, a person who is sending or receiving a text message while driving will take their eyes off the roadway for approximately 5 seconds, long enough for them to cover the entire length of a football field if they are driving at 55 mph.
Texting and driving accidents regularly result in severe injuries because they often happen when a vehicle is moving at a high rate of speed. It is not uncommon for the car accident attorneys at JML Law to help clients who have sustained:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Other severe neck or back injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Crush injuries or amputations
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
Texting and driving laws in California
California law prohibits any motorist from using a cell phone while driving except for when that device is in hands-free mode. Reading or sending a text message while physically holding the cell phone is against the law in this state, and a person could face a fine of $20 for a first offense and up to $50 for a second offense. Please understand that the actual amount a person pays after being found guilty of texting and driving will be significantly more than the baseline fine after assessments, and a total violation is likely to exceed $150 for a first offense.
Call our Los Angeles distracted driving accident attorney today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a crash caused by a driver distracted by texting, seek assistance from an attorney immediately. At JML Law, our qualified team is ready to step in and conduct a complete investigation into the crash. Our goal is to ensure our clients receive full compensation for their losses. This can include:
- Coverage of all medical bills arising due to the crash
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work
- Property damage expenses
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering and loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent driver
If you need a Los Angeles texting and driving accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800.
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