When insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and public interest groups put together lists of the most common causes of car accidents, driver inattention is almost always at or near the top of the list. Most people understand but many people do not remember that losing focus on the driving environment for even one second can lead to instant disaster. Many people are wrongfully injured in car accidents caused by drivers who are not paying the proper level of attention, and many of them are unsure of where to turn for help in defending their legal rights.
Below you will find a brief overview of the issues that relate to the serious problem that is inattentive driving. You will also find information regarding how those who are harmed by inattentive drivers who cause crashes can enforce their legal rights. Anyone who has been harmed in this manner needs to obtain the help of experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.
Almost since the automobile was invented, there have been distractions that have taken the eyes of drivers off of the roads on which they were traveling. These distractions date back to the introduction of the radio to the interior of the vehicle, as many people have caused crashes while focusing on those dials. Since then, the introduction of drive-through fast food restaurants has introduced food and drinks to the driving environment. Finally, the age of technology has brought about a rampant use of cell phones and hand-held devices to talk on the phone and to send or receive text messages.
When someone is not paying attention to the road, he or she is likely not intending to cause a car accident. However, California personal injury law basically defines negligent conduct as that which would not meet the standard of what a reasonable person would do in a similar situation. Courts have almost always found that not focusing on the driving environment is not something a reasonable person would do, thereby making that conduct negligent.
When someone is injured in a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver, that person does have legal rights and options that include the filing of a California personal injury lawsuit. If such a lawsuit is filed and it’s successful, the plaintiff could recover damages that compensate that person for losses that could include medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering among others depending on the specific facts of the situation.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash caused by an inattentive driver, you need to seek the help of experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers who have been holding those responsible for this type of harm accountable for many years. Contact the Gilleon Law Firm, APC today to schedule a free initial consultation.