Everyone gets distracted in some way or another, but every driver also has a duty to operate their vehicle safely.
Unfortunately, texting and other forms of distraction are a serious threat to safety on California roadways, and thousands of people lose their lives and hundreds of thousands more are injured each year across the U.S. due to distracted driving.
California law bans texting while driving, but you probably don't have to look far to see a driver ignoring the law. Some people still believe that they can quickly send a text without anyone knowing or suffering negative effects, but the risk is always there when someone uses a handheld device behind the wheel.
In fact, research and crash statistics have shown that distraction-related crashes -- and particularly texting-related crashes -- have been on the rise in recent years, even as law enforcement and education efforts have increased.
A Question of Personal Responsibility
Distracted driving causes serious car accidents, and texting while driving is known to be the most dangerous form of distracted driving -- just as dangerous and sometimes more dangerous than drunk driving.
If you were injured in a crash due to another driver's negligence, don't hesitate to explore your legal options for obtaining the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled. By now, every driver should know that texting while driving is a life-taker, and motorists must take responsibility for their actions.
Still, even when distraction is clearly the cause of an accident, you can expect the insurance company and perhaps the distracted driver to try to minimize their liability in the matter. A personal injury attorney can work to prove the extent of those parties' liability, as well as the full extent of your injury -- so you can get the compensation you need and deserve.