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Filing a Lawsuit After a Pasadena Distracted Driving Car Accident Injury

Filing a Lawsuit After a Pasadena Distracted Driving Car Accident Injury

Sep 11, 2023

In the United States, approximately eight people are killed each day in distracted driving car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define distracted driving as “driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving,” while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines the act as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.

Whether it’s texting, adjusting the console controls, looking in the vanity mirror, eating, drinking, taking a selfie, or mindlessly gazing out the window – taking your attention off the road is considered an illegal act of distracted driving.

The NHTSA confirms the following statistics which offer a glimpse into how dangerous distracted driving can be:

  • In 2015, 391,000 people were injured due to distracted driving (NHTSA)
  • In 2018, 400,000 people were injured and 2,800 people died in distracted driving motor vehicle accidents. (NHTSA)
  • Cell phone usage reduces a driver’s attention by as much as 37%. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute)
  • Approximately 660,000 drivers attempt to use their phones while driving. (NHTSA)
  • 14% of fatal crashes involve cell phones. (III)
  • Using a phone while driving causes 1.6 million crashes every year. (NSC)
  • Drivers who text while operating a vehicle are 23 times more likely to become involved in a car accident. (FCC)
  • The chances of an accident occurring once a driver’s eyes are taken off the road increase by a staggering 400%. (NSC)
  • More than 3,000 teens die each year in texting while driving car crashes. (III)

Distracted Driving Highest Among Teens

Distracted driving figures from the CDC confirm:

  • 25% of the distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes were young adults aged 20-29.
  • Drivers aged 15-19 were more likely to be distracted than drivers aged 20 and older (among drivers in crashes where someone died).
  • Among those drivers, 8% aged 15 to 19 were driving while distracted at the time of the crash.
  • 9% of all teens who died in motor vehicle crashes were killed distracted driving car accidents.
  • In 2019, 39% of high school students who drove in the past 30 days texted or emailed while driving on at least one of those days.
  • Texting or emailing while driving was more common among older students than younger students, and more common among white students (44%) than black (30%) or Hispanic students (35%).
  • Texting or emailing while driving was equally common among students exhibiting all levels of academic performance. Those students whose grades were mostly As or Bs were as likely to text or email when driving as those students with mostly Cs, Ds, or Fs.
  • Students who texted or emailed while driving were also more likely to report other transportation risk behaviors.

Steps to Take After a Pasadena Distracted Driving Car Accident

  • Seek medical treatment: For starters, the most important thing you can do after any type of car accident is attend to your health. That means undergoing a thorough physical examination by a licensed physician – even if you feel okay immediately after the distracted driving accident.
  • Take photos and videos: Taking photos and videos of both the accident scene (the vehicles, the roadways, etc.) as well as your injuries can be invaluable evidence that is then presented when you bring a civil lawsuit for damages.
  • File a police report: It’s always recommended that injured victims file police reports after car accidents.
  • Collect any witness statements: If your injuries are severe, this step may need to be handled by a friend/companion or skipped altogether. If you happened to be traveling with a friend and he or she isn’t as seriously injured, it can be a good idea to take witness statements that will help corroborate your version of events.
  • Collect contact information of all involved parties: Getting the name, license plate, driver’s license, etc. of the distracted driver as any other drivers involved in the accident is important. Anyone who played a role in the crash may be in some way liable for your injuries – and by securing each individual’s contact information, your car accident attorney will be able to contact the responsible parties when filing a claim on your behalf.
  • Do not accept a settlement offer: If the insurance company attempts to offer you a cash settlement, it’s best to never accept anything (or sign any type of official/legal document) without first consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer.
  • Contact an experienced Pasadena car accident lawyer: Securing the representation of a skilled and proven car accident attorney from Dordulian Law Group can ensure your rights are protected and you recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve.

Free Pasadena Distracted Driving Car Accident Lawyer Consultation

Before accepting a potentially minimal settlement offer from the insurance company, contact Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) Pasadena car accident lawyers today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM for a free and confidential consultation. DLG was founded by former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, Sam Dordulian, who has been fighting on behalf of injured victims for more than 25 years. DLG’s personal injury attorneys offer peace of mind through proven results:

  • 98% winning record
  • Over $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients
  • A leading team of proven and dedicated car accident lawyers

Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

Contact DLG today to discuss your legal options – whether you’re the victim of a distracted driving incident or have any personal injury legal needs, we’re standing by to help 24/7. And with our no win/no fee guarantee, the best legal representation in Pasadena is available to everyone without ever having to worry of upfront costs or hidden fees.

After a distracted car accident injury, take the first step towards securing the maximum financial damages award you deserve by contacting DLG.

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