Agoura Hills Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
As the age of the smartphone continues, the risks of distracted driving have grown exponentially. Drivers have access to everyone they know and all the information in the world at all times. Accessing the internet while driving, however, has rapidly become as dangerous as drunk driving. Texting, posting on social media, browsing websites, or doing anything else that puts the driver’s hands and eyes on their phone instead of on the vital task of driving leads to thousands of accidents, injuries, and traffic fatalities every year. If you’ve been injured at the hands of a distracted driver, you have the right to recover damages for the harm you’ve suffered.
The Halpern Law Firm has been helping car accident victims and their families recover compensation for the past 40 years. We are ready to bring our decades of traffic accident litigation experience to bear in pursuing your claims for damages after a California distracted driving accident injury or wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a driver who was texting or otherwise driving while distracted, our distracted driver accident legal team is ready to help.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
Safety experts discuss three categories of driver distraction: Visual, manual, and cognitive. Cognitive distractions are those that take the driver’s attention off the task of driving. Manual distractions take the driver’s hands off the wheel. Visual distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road. Any one type of distraction adds significantly to the risk of a crash. Texting while driving is so dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction.
A driver who is texting has their hands on their phone, their attention on the conversation or social media post, and their eyes on the screen. Safety experts estimate it takes around five seconds on average to read and respond to a text. The driver is essentially driving blindfolded for that time; at 55 miles per hour, that’s traveling the length of a football field without looking at the road.
The statistics bear out the danger. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,000 people are killed nationwide annually in distracted driving crashes. In 2020, 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. Around 20% of people killed in distracted driving accidents are not even in vehicles at the time–distracted drivers kill over 600 pedestrians, bicyclists, and others every year.
Dedicated Distracted Driving Injury Lawyers Helping You Recover After a Distracted Driving Accident
The dangers of distracted driving are all too real, and when a distracted driver causes a crash, they can and should be held liable for the harm they cause. The Halpern Law Firm has more than four decades of experience helping car accident victims and their families recover damages from negligent and reckless drivers. Our distracted driving injury legal team will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation available in your case, including damages for:
- Income lost during recovery
- Medical bills
- Future anticipated medical expenses, including treatments, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, nursing care, and prosthetics
- Property damage
- Future loss of income caused by temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and other psychological harms caused by loss of life enjoyment, disfigurement, disability, loss of companionship, and other effects of your injuries
- Wrongful death
Depending on the driver’s conduct, you might even be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish especially egregious conduct and are awarded on top of “compensatory” damages. Talk to a seasoned car accident injury lawyer today to find out how much your case may be worth.
Call a Dedicated California Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer Today for Advice and Assistance
If you or someone you love has been injured in a distracted driving crash in Southern California, the passionate and skilled distracted driver crash legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is ready to fight for you. We work to get you the compensation you and your family deserve after a California distracted driving car or truck accident. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.