As we know from news reports, traffic accidents in California are quite common. In a recent, and quite tragic, case of a multi-car crash in Northern California, five people died; including a child and a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. According to the police report, up to a dozen victims also suffered personal injuries crash. While police are still investigating the cause of the collision, witnesses to the accident stated that they saw an SUV involved in the crash speeding with the driver on a cellphone. Hands-free phone use is the law in California.
An experienced car accident attorney who has seen hundreds of car crashes and the terrible injuries that can result will tell you that it is never wise to operate a vehicle while distracted. Distracted driving can include:
- Talking on your cellphone
- Putting on makeup
- Drinking coffee
All it takes is one split second distraction on the road to cause catastrophic injuries to others.
California Vehicle Code 22350 clearly states that “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” This is the most basic level of diligence required in order to save motorists from property damage and physical harm. If you or a loved one was injured by a driver not following California law, you might be able to recover damages for injuries suffered.
Further more, in the unfortunate event that your family members were involved in a car accident and wrongful death resulted, discuss your ability to bring a wrongful death claim with a wrongful death lawyer. Often, the survivors or heirs of the deceased victim can pursue such a claim. Wrongful deaths happen not only because of car accidents but bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents and medical malpractice, among others.
The aggressive Los Angeles, California personal injury lawyers at BIKLAW have been representing all victims of personal injury accidents and obtained millions of dollars in damages for their clients. Contact them today to learn if they can help you with your potential case.