Distraction is a safety threat that all Anaheim drivers must be aware of and take care to avoid. A driver who becomes distracted must realize they are taking their focus away from:
- The vehicle directly in front of them
- Any vehicles that may pull into the roadway
- Stoplights and traffic signs
- Every other accident hazard that exists on an Anaheim road
Drivers may dismiss or underestimate the danger that distracted driving is, but doing so is a mistake. Distraction could be the reason why someone becomes seriously injured or loses their life. An Anaheim distracted driving accident lawyer can handle your case if you or a loved one was injured in any way, including fatally.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at (800) 598-7557 today to learn how our legal team does not shy away from tough cases. We may be able to handle your case for compensation. You can find out more from a team member during a free consultation.
Distractions Threaten Safe Driving
In some settings, distraction can be an inconvenience but generally harmless. Still, when someone is distracted while driving in Anaheim, it can have deadly consequences. A driver’s distraction can cause their vehicle to crash into another—this may have been how your accident or a loved one’s accident happened.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) explains that driving with a mobile device in hand is illegal and dangerous. Mobile phones allow a driver to engage in various activities, all of which may make it more challenging to drive safely. Though California permits the use of hands-free mobile devices, even that form of cellphone use could distract a driver.
There are other types of distractions a driver in Anaheim may encounter, including:
Driving can be stressful. When a motorist feels other drivers are not operating their vehicles reasonably or safely, that driver may become the focus of attention. While experiencing emotions about other drivers’ actions is understandable, dwelling on those emotions can lead to distraction.
A driver may give into distracting emotions if:
- Another driver cuts them off
- Another driver operates their vehicle significantly above or below the speed limit
- Another driver does not give the right of way when they should have
- They disagree with any behavior another driver exhibits
Road rage may result when a driver lets other drivers become a distraction. AAA Exchange explains that road rage may include actions such as cursing or gesturing at another driver. However, allowing emotion to change how one drives could be distracting enough to cause an accident.
Anaheim offers plenty of natural beauty, but drivers must remain aware that taking their eyes off the road for too long could cause an accident. Gazing at any type of scenery for too long could prevent a driver from seeing changing road conditions, such as braking vehicles.
Drivers who “rubberneck,” or turn their attention to focus on accidents on or near the road, are failing to focus on their own driving. This kind of distraction could lead to another accident, and the rubbernecking driver could be liable for the accident that their distraction caused.
Distractions are a virtually endless threat to those on the road, but drivers must remain attentive enough to avoid causing an accident. An Anaheim distracted driving accident lawyer may represent you if you are the victim of another driver’s distraction and help you recover losses from your accident. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today for a free consultation.
A Lawyer Can Explain Your Compensation Options
Victims of a distracted driving accident may need to know only one thing to contact the team for a lawyer: that a distracted driver has harmed them or a loved one.
If this applies to you, then you may benefit from speaking with a lawyer’s team. There is no cost for calling the team for a lawyer. Doing so may help you understand what your choices for seeking compensation are. Two legal options a lawyer may explain to you are an insurance claim and a lawsuit.
When a lawyer handles your claim, it means you will not have to deal with the insurance process. Your lawyer may:
- Read and analyze insurance policies
- Speak with insurance companies on your behalf
- Calculate your covered losses
- Negotiate a settlement
- Assess whether settlement offers will cover your expenses
An insurance claim may not be as simple as filing it and waiting for payment. There are multiple potential outcomes to a claim, including denial or a settlement offer that is less than the amount you deserve.
Such outcomes could eventually lead to a lawyer bringing a lawsuit on your behalf. A lawsuit could be an even more complicated process than an insurance claim—no matter, though, as a lawyer can handle your case.
If you are filing a lawsuit, your lawyer may do the following to build your case:
- Gather evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Complete paperwork
- Hire and collaborate with experts
- Value and document your losses
- Organize all evidence and arguments into a single case for awards
- Handle settlement negotiations
Your lawyer will aim to secure a fair settlement to conclude your lawsuit. As the American Bar Association (ABA) explains, this is how the majority of civil lawsuits end. Whether you have been injured or lost a loved one, a lawyer can work on your behalf until your case is complete. If you are interested in seeking legal action in your distracted driving accident, keep in mind that California gives you two years from the accident date, per the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1.
Seek Legal Counsel from Ben Crump Law, PLLC
The team for an Anaheim distracted driving accident lawyer can advise you on the next steps in seeking compensation. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557 for a free case review. A team member can answer your questions about legal representation and more.