The Increasing Prevalence Of Distracted Driving

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The Increasing Prevalence Of Distracted Driving

Far too many Californians are injured every year by drivers whose attention is on seemingly anything except the road. Cellphones, navigation systems, DVD players and numerous other distractions take attention away from the task of driving. The result, far too often, is a collision resulting in injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, a skilled attorney can help uncover whether distraction played a role.

At , we provide powerful representation to those who have been injured or lost loved ones in all types of auto accidents. Our lawyers, based in San Francisco, conduct thorough investigations to determine the cause of each collision. We then employ decades of trial experience to recover full and fair compensation for our injured clients. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we will work diligently to maximize your recovery in your case.

See the other types of motor vehicle accident cases our personal injury attorneys represent.

We invite you to contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss what happened in your collision. You can reach us by calling .

Understanding The Laws On Cellphone Use And Texting In California

Using a hand-held cellphone while driving has been illegal in our state since 2008. Hands-free devices such as Bluetooth-enabled devices are still legal. Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use any device while driving, whether hands-free or not. A 2009 law made it illegal for any driver to write, read or send text messages while driving.

Despite these restrictions, many people continue to use their phones while their vehicles are in motion, jeopardizing the safety of others. In motor vehicle collision cases, our San Francisco attorneys obtain cellphone records to determine whether the at-fault driver was on the phone at the time of impact or was involved in texting in the moments leading up to the crash. Development of such evidence can significantly strengthen your case.

Additional Examples Of Distracted Driving

Collisions are caused by a variety of distractions other than cellphone use. Our lawyers have assisted clients who were injured by drivers engaged in various activities inside their vehicles, including:

  • Eating or drinking in the car
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Programming navigation systems
  • Arguing with others in the car
  • Disciplining children
  • Putting on makeup, combing hair and similar activities

Contact A Bay Area Car Accident Lawyer

To arrange a free initial consultation to discuss injuries suffered in an auto collision with an experienced lawyer, contact by email.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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