Texting and driving are incredibly dangerous and often results in severe accidents and catastrophic injuries. At the Law Offices of John B. Richards, we are standing by to help if you need a Santa Barbara car accident attorney. Our lawyers have extensive experience helping accident victims secure compensation after an injury involving distracted driving. Let us put our resources to work on your behalf so we can ensure that you are taking care of it.
There is no doubt that texting and driving poses a significant threat to drivers and passengers on the roadways of California. Officials in this state are vigilant about keeping people from texting and driving. According to data available from the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were nearly 150,000 total texting and driving convictions statewide during the latest reporting year.
According to a survey conducted by the OTS, nearly 70% of all Californians identify distracted driving (related to texting or talking on a cell phone) as the biggest problem on California roadways. During the latest year in this state, there were more than 272,000 total injuries as a result of traffic collisions, and more than 3,400 people lost their lives in accidents. Not all of these accidents were the result of texting and driving, but many were.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when a person is driving at 55 mph, the average time it takes to send or receive a text is equivalent to the person taking their eyes off of the roadway for the length of an entire football field. Texting and driving take a person’s hands off the wheel and their eyes off the roadway, making it nearly impossible to avoid an imminent collision.
Distracted driving accidents often happen at higher speeds and before the negligent driver has a chance to tap their brakes to slow down. This regularly leads to severe injuries, including the following:
Victims of these crashes are likely to incur significant medical bills as well as many other out-of-pocket and property damage costs. Drivers who cause accidents because they were texting and driving must be held accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by someone texting and driving, contact the experienced team at the Law Offices of John B. Richards today. We pledge to use our resources to conduct a complete investigation into your case and secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include the following: