L.A Distracted Driving Lawyer
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may feel concerned or worried about what comes next. This may be even more stressful if you feel you need to prove the accident was caused by the other driver being distracted. What are the potential causes of distraction you might want to evaluate? How is fault calculated? What else should you know?
At Kash Legal, we are highly experienced in car accident cases and personal injury law, so we may be able to offer some insight. We’ve assisted our clients in getting the compensation they deserve, and we may be able to help you too.
Potential Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents in Los Angeles
If you suspect the other driver may have been distracted, there are a number of distractions that may be the culprit. These causes may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Miscellaneous cell phone use
- Texting or calling
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy
- Putting on makeup or other grooming
- Passengers in the car
- Loud music, radio, or other auditory distractions
Determining the distraction may help you prove that the other driver caused the accident as well as the injuries and other suffering you may experience. If you need assistance, a lawyer can help look into the circumstances of your accident.
How Is Fault Calculated in a Los Angeles Distracted Driving Accident?
In the state of California, including Los Angeles, the fault for any personal injury case is typically calculated based on pure comparative negligence. Personal injury cases often include car accidents and collisions involving distracted drivers. Comparative negligence is generally calculated in percentages, which correlates to the portion of damages you may be able to collect.
For example, suppose party A is driving north toward an intersection and party B is driving east toward the same intersection. In that case, each party will likely remain safe as long as they follow traffic laws and signage. However, if party B is texting while driving and doesn’t see the stop light change to red, they risk a collision with party A’s vehicle. In this case, party B may be found 100 percent responsible for the accident, and they might not be able to collect any compensation for their damages. They may also be liable for compensating party A.
Another important element to keep in mind is that if your accident was the result of a drunk driver operating under a common carrier, they owe you a higher degree of care, but it can be difficult to file a claim against a common carrier without the help of an experienced attorney.
Common carriers are vehicles that transport people and goods for profit in California. They include vehicles such as buses, trucks, taxicabs, subways, and other transportation vehicles. A drunk driver operating a common carrier vehicle places many people in danger. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure they are held liable for their actions.
What Damages Can You Collect After a Distracted Driving Accident?
If you are a victim of a car accident, you may be able to collect compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills, including physical therapy, rehabilitation, emergency room care, hospital bills, and ambulance cost
- Future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological damage
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning potential
- Legal fees
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
- Loss of consortium
Having a clear understanding of your injuries is key to determining the value of your claim. For instance, if you’ve suffered a knee injury so severe that you now have limited or no mobility at all then your award will need to include compensation for long-term and even life-time care. Obtaining an MRI can be vital evidence in your claim that proves the injuries in your injury and the need for that amount of compensation you are asking for in your claim. If you need help analyzing your potential compensation, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer.
How Might a Lawyer Be Able to Help?
A lawyer may be able to help you with your car accident case in a number of ways. If you’re the victim of a distracted driving case, your lawyer can provide assistance in the following areas:
- Legal knowledge
- Negotiation skills
- Handling insurance companies
- Collecting and analyzing evidence
- Helping with the next steps, tailored to the specifics of your case
- Maximize compensation
- Reducing the level of fault
- Consulting other experts
- Refer you to medical health providers they recommend
- Recommend resources that may aid in making you whole
- Reduce stress
If you would like to take legal action, we strongly recommend you avoid representing yourself. Your lawyer is far more likely to represent your side of the case favorably, accurately, and effectively. Because this is the case, we highly encourage you to hire a lawyer to represent you instead.
Get the Compensation You Deserve With Kash Legal Los Angeles Lawyers
If you’ve experienced a car accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver, we at Kash Legal may be able to offer some assistance. We have a significant amount of experience in personal injury law, including accidents involving distracted drivers who are at fault. We’ve aided numerous clients in getting the compensation they deserve, and we’re dedicated to providing support through each step of the legal process.