Walnut Creek Distracted Driving Car Accident Lawyer
Hurt in a Distracted Driving Crash?
The driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to be alert and vigilant while behind the wheel. A car or truck of any size is a powerful machine that has the potential of being a deadly weapon. If a driver is distracted from their duty, for any reason, they become a dangerous driver. If you or a loved one is injured by a distracted driver, it is important to seek the counsel of an top-rated Northern California car accident attorney. The Bay Area lawyers at Balamuth Law have over 20 years of experience representing clients who have suffered serious injuries. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free consultation.
An Increase in Texting & Cell Phone Use
Technology has completely changed the way we live our lives and interact with the world around us. In the last 20 years, cell phones and the Internet have become a way of life. Now, with smart phones, every driver has a phone and a personal computer at their fingertips. While this is convenient and helpful for such things as communication and navigation, it also has the potential to be deadly if it distracts a driver from their primary duty: driving safely. Most states have now passed laws against the use of hand held phones while operating a motor vehicle. Texting and using a hand held phone has been illegal in California for some time and law enforcement aggressively tickets drivers who get caught. But, simply outlawing phone use behind the wheel will not change the behavior of a generation that lives through their phones.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that cell phone use causes 1.6 million traffic accidents per year, resulting in close to 330,000 injuries. That's one out of every four vehicle crashes in the United States. Statistics also show that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a vehicle accident than drunk driving. But cell phones aren't the only culprit causing drivers to be distracted. Other causes can include:
- Adjusting a radio, CD, or MP3 player
- Eating and drinking
- Operating a navigation device
- Grooming (applying makeup, painting nails, etc.)
- Reading a map
- Talking to passengers
Am I Entitled to Compensation?
If you are injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages due to time off of work
- Pain and suffering
- Other injury related expenses
NSC statistics show that 3,328 people were killed in distracted driver related accidents in 2012. If a loved one or family member dies as a result of a distracted driver, your family may be entitled to compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Wrongful death
- Loss of future income and retirement income
- Loss of companionship
Contact Balamuth Law Today
At Balamuth Law, we care about our client's health, family, and future. We are more than willing to do battle with insurance companies on your behalf. We will take the time to explain the complexities of the legal system in plain language that a non-legal professional can understand. We work on a contingency basis so you only pay legal fees if we win damages in your case. Call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free, no obligation consultation.
Balamuth Law has helped hundreds of people resolve their claims and obtain justice. Please look at some of our case results in our different practice areas to see how we have helped.
- $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
Recovery Range Truck Accident
- $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
Recovery Range Car Accident
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