Distracted Driving Causes Accident In California

To reduce the risks of car accidents, eliminate or minimize any distractions. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of vehicle accidents. There are many distractions that can take a driver’s attention away from the road and from the actions of surrounding vehicles. When this happens it puts drivers at risk.

A case in Santa Cruz, CA demonstrates how dangerous driving with distractions can be. A 26-year-old man driving a 1991 black pickup truck was preoccupied with his radio when traffic stopped. He was looking down at the radio, did not see that traffic in front of him was slowing down, and he crashed into the back of of a van driven by a man. The van was then pushed into the left lane, hitting a pickup truck driven by a woman. Her truck was slammed against the guardrail.

The distracted driver who caused the crash had his vehicle roll into the left lane. He appeared to have significant injuries and was transported to the hospital via helicopter. The drivers of the two other vehicles were not injured in the accidents, though the van needed to be towed.

To reduce the risks of car accidents, eliminate or minimize any distractions. Be constantly aware of what you are doing. If you need to adjust the radio, find an item, answer or make a phone call, etc., wait until you have pulled over. Performing any actions that distract you from the task at hand is very dangerous. Cell phone use, radios, texting, or any other sort of distraction puts you and other drivers on the road at risk. Drivers who do not operate their vehicles with care and caution can be held liable for their negligent actions. Even if there are no injuries, you could recover damages from another negligent driver in the event of an accident.

If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Even minor accidents can benefit from the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney. Regardless of the severity of the crash or the injuries you sustain, you may be able to hold the negligent driver responsible. If your vehicle is damaged in any way you should not be responsible for paying to repair it. If you incur medical expenses as the result of an accident, you are entitled to financial reimbursement for these as well. Medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, disability, and lost wages are all damages that can be sought following a serious accident.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

After a car accident, seek medical attention and contact the Hoffmann Law Firm. Our personal injury practice focuses on helping victims of car accidents in St. Louis, Missouri, and the surrounding area. call us today at (314) 361-4242.

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Illinois Car Accident Fatal For 11 Year Old Boy

Accidents like this one show that serious car accidents can happen at any time. Car Accident Attorney

You can take many precautions against car accidents by following the rules of the road, practicing defensive driving techniques, not contributing to the risk by texting or talking on your phone or other distractions, or operating your vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But while you can do everything in your power to avoid accidents by being careful, you cannot control how other drivers are behaving.

Some accidents are true accidents and are unavoidable, but others are the result of another driver’s negligence. When an accident is caused by the negligent actions of another driver, you deserve compensation for the damage that is caused to your vehicle, any medical expenses you incur, wage loss, and any pain and suffering you may experience.

An Illinois car accident in February was fatal for an 11 year old boy. The vehicle that the boy was a passenger in was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle in Kane County. The boy was riding in the backseat of a Chevy Cavalier driven by his 21-year-ol brother when the vehicle was hit from behind by a Ford Expedition. Several vehicles were stopped in traffic caused by an accident to the west. The Ford Expedition did not stop when it arrived at the other vehicles, crashing into the car which was pushed into the vehicle in front of it.

There were three passengers in the Chevy Cavalier. All three were wearing seatbelts and all three of them were transported to the hospital after the accident. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital and the others were treated for non-life threatening injuries and then released.

While an investigation is ongoing, police say that it has not yet been determined whether or not drugs, alcohol, or texting contributed to the crash, it is known that the driver of the Expedition was issued two citations following the accident. One was for failing to reduce speed and the other was for driving an uninsured vehicle.

Illinois Car Accident Lawyer

Accidents like this one show that serious car accidents can happen at any time, whether or not you are doing everything correctly. If you are involved in a car accident and believe the other driver to be at fault for causing the crash, contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you discuss your case with a car accident lawyer, the sooner they can investigate your accident, help determine liability and hold the responsible parties accountable.

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