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Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys in California

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving occurs when someone drives without giving their full and undivided attention to the road. Technically, singing and dancing along to the radio is distracted driving. In the context of personal injury suits, a driver is considered “distracted” when his or her eyes are not on the road. Distracted driving usually happens when someone is texting, using the rear-view mirror to do their make-up, or turning around to deal with children in the backseat. The vast majority of the distracted driving cases The May Firm has handled are the result of the at-fault driver texting and driving.

Distracted driving causes serious accidents in California

There is a reason why the concept of paying attention to the road is repeatedly emphasized to people studying for their driver’s license. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous! If you are closely watching the road and a deer jumps out in front of your car, you may be able to react in a safe way to avoid the deer. If a deer (or a person) enters the vehicle’s path while your eyes are glued to a cell phone, you won’t see the deer nor will you be aware of your surroundings. It’s bad enough to hurt yourself when you aren’t paying attention, but it’s even worse if you injure another person due to distracted driving!

The May Firm has seen the consequences of someone texting and crossing into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 6% of all fatal car accidents were caused by distracted drivers. We believe that all distracted drivers should be held responsible for any injuries they may cause to other people on the road.

Texting is the leading cause of distracted driving accidents

Cognitive driver distraction is when a driver is not actually focusing on driving. The driver may be looking up from his or her phone occasionally, but their brain is not processing what is actually happening on the roadway. Because the driver is focused on what is on his or her phone, he or she is not fully aware of the road conditions. When a car is traveling at 65 mph on the freeway, an accident can happen in a split second. Sneaking quick glances at the road is not focusing on driving!

According to the National Safety Council, texting while driving causes roughly 1.5 million car accidents every year in the United States. Obviously, not every texting-while-driving accident is fatal, but the fact that these accidents occur at all is extremely problematic. In 2017, nearly one out of every four car accidents involved a driver texting while driving.

The May Firm knows distracted driving accidents

The experienced personal injury attorneys at The May Firm are experienced in handling distracted driving cases. We know what questions to ask and what evidence to seek to determine whether the other person was distracted (especially if they were texting) and will work tirelessly to build your case. If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, give The May Firm a call today!

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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