One of the most common causes of car accidents in both California and the United States is distracted driving. Indeed, the NHTSA estimates that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016 alone, and it is also estimated that approximately 25% of all motor vehicle fatalities are caused by drunk driving in a given year. If you have been injured by a Rancho Mirage distracted driver, talk to a Rancho Mirage distracted driving car accident attorney at The Ledger Law Firm.
What Is Distracted Driving?
There are a number of inattentive driving behaviors that make up the broader category of "distracted" driving. Naturally, it likely comes as little surprise that texting or talking on the phone while driving is a frequent cause of driver distraction. Additional common distracted driving behaviors include:
- Talking to passengers in a way that distracts from the road
- Eating and drinking that diverts driver attention
- Adjusting the radio or vehicle settings
These are just a few of the most common behaviors that take a driver’s eyes off the road, all of which increase distraction and the risk of a car accident. Importantly, a distracted driver who causes an accident and a victim’s injuries can also be found negligent for their role in the accident.
California and Rancho Mirage Distracted Driving Statistics
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, an estimated 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention. From a legal vantage point, this also means that the majority of car accidents will involve some kind of human wrongdoing that can empower victims to recover owed financial compensation.
In 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported well over 420,000 cell phone and texting while driving convictions, showing that the problem of distracted driving is certainly a pervasive safety risk in California.
How Ledger Law Helps Distracted Driving Accident Victims
If official estimates are correct that four in five crashes involve driver inattention, this means the vast majority of accidents involve human wrongdoing. In a word, most car accidents in California and Rancho Mirage will involve negligence.
At The Ledger Law Firm, we have built a national reputation for proving that your accident and injuries were caused by the negligence of someone who bears legal responsibility for the accident. Led by personal injury lawyer Emery Ledger, we fully investigate the facts of your claim and apply our nationwide resources to the benefit of helping you negotiate the settlement you deserve after driver inattention leads to an accident and injuries that caused you harm.
After the recent opening of our new headquarters in Rancho Mirage, we are now ready to represent Rancho Mirage and any distracted driving claims.
If you are ready to take legal action and pursue your right to compensation after a distracted driving accident, a distracted driving lawyer in Rancho Mirage is ready to take your call at The Ledger Law Firm.
Contact us online for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to discuss your accident with a Rancho Mirage car accident lawyer today.