Injured By a Distracted Driver?

Santa Rosa Injury Lawyers At Edgar Law Firm Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable

Distracted drivers put everyone at risk of death or serious injury when they take their eyes off the road. They demonstrate negligence by ignoring traffic safety and breaking laws. When these drivers cause death and catastrophic injury, they may owe damages to victims. Our Santa Rosa injury attorneys can hold distracted drivers accountable and provide aid for your road to recovery.

What Counts as Distracted Driving?

Anyone who focuses on something other than the road while driving constitutes a distracted driver. The most common types of driver distraction include:

  • Texting
  • Checking/updating social media sites
  • Emailing
  • Talking on the phone
  • Programming GPS
  • Eating or drinking
  • Searching for objects on the car floor
  • Adjusting radio or temperature controls
  • Talking to passengers

The consequences of distracted driving can be catastrophic. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds to send a text is equivalent to driving a football field's worth of road with your eyes closed, according to research from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Distracted Driving is a Form of Negligence

An essential ingredient of car accident lawsuits is proof that one driver acted negligently, and that negligence was the proximate cause of the harm. Driving too fast, driving under the influence of intoxicants and ignoring traffic laws are all examples of negligence, along with distracted driving. California laws forbid texting while driving and "using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle" (California DMV).

If a distracted driver caused your accident, you might be entitled to damages for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Emotional and psychological trauma
  • Property damage
  • Disfigurement

If a distracted driving accident took a loved one's life, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages, such as lost wages, lost support, loss of consortium and loss of enjoyment of life. While a monetary award cannot bring your loved one back, families who relied on the deceased for income and support will be able to reduce their financial burdens and focus on their emotional recoveries.

Contact our Santa Rosa Injury Lawyers Today

When a distracted driver causes a serious injury or kills someone you loved, you have the right to seek justice against that driver. We can help. Our team can investigate the accident, determine the cause and hold negligent parties responsible. Call 707-387-0960 to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys. There is no charge to go over your case, and we do not receive any money from you unless we win a verdict or settlement in your favor.