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Watsonville Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

More opportunities to become distracted accompany the growth of innovative technology at our fingertips. Even a brief look away from the road can produce catastrophic results. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident, it’s crucial to seek the legal representation of a qualified personal injury attorney. Contact our Watsonville distracted driving accident attorneys as soon as possible so they can work to assess the full scope of your losses, help you move forward, and recover the compensation you deserve.  

What Is Distracted Driving? 

Distracted driving represents any activity that diverts attention from driving, including the following: 

  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Eating and drinking while driving, 
  • Engaging with other people in the car, 
  • Viewing distractions outside the vehicle (like looking at an accident scene),
  • Changing radio stations and adjusting entertainment devices, and 
  • Using the navigation system or phone GPS.

All these activities are causes of distracted driving accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds. If driving at 55 mph, this 5-second period is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

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Watsonville distracted driving accidentHow to Prove Distracted Driving? 

Watsonville distracted driving accident lawyers work hard to establish liability of the distracted driver, which helps you recover the compensation you deserve. In certain situations, you may bear some responsibility for a resulting accident. Your lawyer carefully analyzes the facts of your case to break down your role in the accident and determine whether you may be in any way responsible. 

California law provides that an injured victim may still recover damages even when they are partially to blame for the accident. For example, if the court determines you to be 25% at fault for the accident, you may still recover 75% of your compensation.  

You may be eager to learn the average settlement for distracted driving accident cases. The truth is, an average settlement doesn’t exist. Your attorney works hard to calculate an accurate value for your case by analyzing the accident’s events and circumstances. Equipped with this information, your attorney controls settlement discussions and pursues a trial if necessary.

Common Injuries After Distracted Driving Accidents 

Like other accidents, distracted driving can cause severe injuries that impact your life for years. Many of these injuries require extensive medical intervention and treatment. Despite these efforts, you may still be left with lingering pain. Common injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions;
  • Whiplash
  • Back, neck, and spinal injuries;
  • Bodily fractures; 
  • Soft tissue and organ damage; and
  • Bruises and contusions to the body.

Watsonville distracted driving accident attorneys understand what’s at stake. With so many factors out of your control, obtaining the necessary financial compensation will help you get on the road to recovery. 

What Should You Do After an Accident? 

It may be difficult to have clarity of mind and take the proper steps following an accident. But keep these points in mind. It’s vital to first and foremost assess the health and safety of those around you. If possible, move out of the way of traffic and harm’s way. Then take the following steps: 

  • Call the police, 
  • Take photographs and videos of the accident scene, 
  • Obtain the contact information of all involved parties, 
  • Collect the names and contact information of all witnesses to the accident, 
  • Write down everything you remember about the accident, 
  • Get a copy of their accident report from the police, and 
  • Keep all records of your medical injuries.

Keep copies of all documentation related to your accident, whether invoices and bills or medical treatments and examinations. All this evidence assists your lawyer in building a solid case on your behalf. 

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Contact a Watsonville Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer 

At Silva Injury Law, we pride ourselves on treating our clients like family. We understand the hardships you face after a devastating accident. We work tirelessly to obtain favorable results for our clients. We offer free remote or in-person consultations to assess the facts of your case. Contact us today to learn more about how our Watsonville distracted driving accident attorneys can help you.