Distracted driving has become one of the most dangerous epidemics on American roads and highways. Each year, distracted driving causes thousands of accidents, injuries, and fatalities – all of which are preventable. Although all forms of distracted driving are unsafe and negligent, few are as alarming as texting while driving. In fact, text messaging behind the wheel creates a crash risk 23 times greater than not driving distracted, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Any reasonable person should know that texting is dangerous and places others on public roadways at risk. Because motorists have a legal duty to drive safely and to obey the law, drivers who text behind the wheel can be held accountable for their negligence and liable for the damages they cause. In California, there are strict laws against using a cell phone or text messaging behind the wheel:
- Using a handheld device or cell phone is prohibited for all drivers
- Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers
- Cell phone use – including handheld and hands-free – is prohibited for bus drivers
- Cell phone use – including handheld and hands-free – is prohibited for drivers under the age of 18
At the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri, our legal team is prepared to represent victims who were injured in car accidents, truck accidents, and other types of traffic accidents cause by drivers who were texting. By securing the necessary evidence and fighting aggressively on behalf of our clients, we can work toward recovering full and fair compensation. We also make it a priority to work closely with clients and to provide personal attention throughout each stage of the personal injury claim process.
If you or your loved one has recently been injured in an auto accident caused by a driver who you believe was texting or distracted at the time, do not delay in reaching out for the support and legal assistance you need. For a free, confidential consultation about your case, your rights, and how San Jose car accident attorney Caroline Nasseri can help, call (408) 912-2217.