At Saeedian Law Group, we regularly handle car accident claims arising from distracted driving. Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents in Los Angeles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, you need a compassionate and skilled injury attorney at your side.
When you consult with us, we will take the time to understand the circumstances surrounding your accident and explore all your legal options. While car accident claims are typically resolved through settlement negotiations with an insurance company, insurance companies often attempt to pay as little as possible. Our experienced car accident attorneys know how to level the playing field and will demand full payment of your claim. If the insurance company fails to make a reasonable and just offer, we are fully prepared to litigate. Rest assured, we will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve in and out of the courtroom. Contact our office today to get started.
Common Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents in Los Angeles
With the advent of smartphones and GPS navigation devices, there are more and more distracted driving accidents, even though texting while driving is illegal in California. Unfortunately, people continue to talk on their cell phones and text while driving, particularly teen drivers. These devices are not the only reason drivers are distracted, other common distractions include:
- Talking to passengers
- Livestreaming on social media
- Eating and drinking
- Unruly children in the backseat
- Grooming (combing hair, applying makeup)
Regardless of the reasons, there is no excuse for distracted driving and these collisions are avoidable.
Collisions Caused By Distracted Driving
Several types of collisions are frequently associated with distracted driving, including:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end accidents are the most common type of collision, accounting for about 29 percent of car accidents nationwide. Distracted driving is frequently associated with read-end collisions. Rear-end collisions typically occur at a stop sign or red light, or when a driver is waiting to make a left turn at an intersection. Rear-end accidents often lead to whiplash, spinal injuries, head injuries, facial lacerations, and leg, ankle, and knee injuries.
A side-impact (T-Bone) accident occurs when one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle, which is common at intersections. T-Bone accidents are often caused by a distracted driver running a red light or stop sign or failing to yield when turning, which commonly occur when a driver is distracted. Side-impact collisions can lead to catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Distracted driving is also closely associated with head-on or frontal impact collisions, which occur when a driver crashes headlong into another vehicle or solid object. Head-on collisions cause serious injuries and depending on the speeds involved, can even be fatal.
Do I have a valid distracted driving claim?
To have a viable claim, we must be able to demonstrate the necessary elements of negligence:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care
- The other driver breached that duty
- The other driver’s breach resulted in the accident
- The accident is the direct cause of your injuries
Under California law, all drivers have a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely and avoid causing injuries to others. A driver who uses a cellphone, eats, drinks, or becomes distracted for another reason has breached the duty of care.
Our attorneys have the skills and experience to prove all the elements of negligence and will conduct an extensive investigation by:
- Investigating the accident site
- Obtaining and reviewing the police report
- Subpoenaing cell-phone records
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
You can depend on our legal team to build a strong case, prove that the other driver was distracted, and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Damages We Will Fight For
If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be awarded compensation that includes economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover your actual financial losses such as:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for intangible losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Contact An Experienced Los Angeles Distracted Driving Injury Lawyer Today
At Saeedian Law Group, we are dedicated to holding distracted drivers accountable and protecting the rights of injury victims. You can trust our team to offer you compassion, knowledge, and dependable service as we fight for every dollar you deserve. We handle all distracted driving cases on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorney’s fees until we win compensation for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.