Distracted Driving Accidents in CA

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Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. While prohibited by law, drivers often engage in bad behaviors, such as texting, talking on the phone, or eating while driving. If you were hurt in a car accident due to another individual's distracted driving, call our San Jose car accident attorneys right away for counsel.

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Anything that disrupts a driver's attention from the road can quickly lead to a car accident. While some behaviors are simply not encouraged, others, such as talking on the phone or texting, are strictly prohibited by law.

Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Talking to a passenger
  • Tuning a car radio
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle
  • Looking at an object outside the vehicle
  • Reading
  • Applying makeup

Texting behind the wheel is by far the most dangerous activity and distraction to drivers. Texting commands the eyes, concentration, and manual focus of a driver all at once and can delay reaction times in drivers almost as much a driver with a blood alcohol of .08%. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that texting while driving males a car crash about 23 times more likely than normal driving.

Is Texting While Driving Really That Dangerous?

When accidents occur and serious personal injury is the result, the offending drivers often contend their messaging "only took a few seconds."

Looking at the driver's statement from a scientific vantage point, the cause of the accident becomes very clear. Accident Reconstruction Experts across the country use the same basic formula to convert miles per hour into feet per second. Using the defendant drivers' statement, the experts can determine how far the offending vehicle travelled with the driver's attention focused off the roadway.

Consider these examples: A car travelling 35 miles per hour is also travelling 51 feet per second. In 3 seconds, the car has travelled one half of a football field. Place that same texting driver at 50 miles per hour, and the car is travelling 74 feet per second; in the same three seconds at this speed the car has travelled 222 feet with the driver not paying attention to the roadway. At freeway speeds of 65 miles per hour, the car is travelling 96 feet per second or 289 feet in those three seconds. The fact that texting or emailing drivers are causing so many major accidents with severe and catastrophic injuries is easy to understand using these basic principals of accident reconstruction.

Call Our Firm for Seasoned Legal Counsel

People who drive distracted and cause an accident are liable for damages to you if you were injured. The car accident attorneys at Shea and Shea can take the guilty party to court. In some cases we may have to take the other driver's insurance company or your own to court if they refuse to pay full compensation.

Our San Jose personal injury firm can do whatever it takes to bring you restitution for any injuries you may have sustained due to an accident. This can go beyond covering for your hospital bills, including damages like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.

If you were injured by a distracted driver, call our office right away to begin your case!

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