distracted driving accident lawyer newport beach

In this age of the smartphone, it can be difficult to disconnect, even while driving. Unfortunately, this itching compulsion to respond to a text right away or chat on the phone while driving increases your risk of getting into a crash by three times and can result in a severe injury or fatality.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that in 2015 alone, there were nearly 3,500 fatalities caused by distracted drivers. This statistic made up nearly 10% of all car accident deaths in the United States for that year. If you or someone your care about has been injured by a distracted driver in Newport Beach, the distracted driving accident lawyers with Younglove Law Group can help.

What Can Be Considered Distracted Driving in Newport Beach, California?

Not only is using a cell phone while driving dangerous, in California, it is also against the law. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23123.5, any driver operating a motor vehicle and handheld wireless telephone simultaneously could be penalized.

Drivers who are distracted by their cell phones or anything else that prevents them from focusing on the road put themselves, other motorists, and pedestrians at risk. Any of the following activities can pull a driver’s concentration away from the road and result in a crash:

  • Texting
  • Changing clothes
  • Daydreaming
  • Disciplining children
  • Drinking
  • Eating
  • Fatigue
  • Grooming
  • Looking around at passengers, billboards, etc.
  • Playing videos
  • Reaching for an item
  • Reading
  • Shuffling through music
  • Sightseeing
  • Smoking
  • Using a GPS 

Even driving while sick can prevent a person from driving safely. Illnesses often result in brain fog and drowsiness as our bodies work overtime to fight off the infection. Sneezing, nose-blowing, and watery eyes also take our eyes off the road and could cause a wreck.

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What Damages Can Be Recovered with a Distracted Driving Accident Claim in Newport Beach?

As a driver, you owe others on the road a duty of care. Suppose a driver breaches their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act under the given circumstances, such as allowing themselves to be distracted while driving. In that case, they could be held liable for damages caused by an accident.

When you partner with Younglove Law Group, we can pursue justice for the injuries you suffered in a Newport Beach distracted driving crash. You may be able to recover compensation for damages such as:

  • Change in lifestyle
  • Disability
  • Emotional distress
  • In-home rehabilitation
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of personal enjoyment
  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Rental car costs

If the plaintiff can show that the distracted driver acted with extreme malice or in bad faith, an award for punitive damages may be given to the victim. This compensation is intended as a means of punishment for the negligent driver and to discourage others from acting similarly.

Partner with an Attorney Who is Familiar with Newport Beach Distracted Driving Accidents

When another driver’s reckless behavior causes you to suffer injuries, you can hold the other person accountable for the pain and monetary losses they have caused you. Recovering compensation can help you focus on healing without having to stress about the cost, allowing you to receive the treatment you need and encourage a speedier recovery.

At Younglove Law Group, we understand the pain, stress, and confusion that often follow distracted driving accidents. Our Newport Beach car accident lawyers want nothing more than to see accident victims back on their feet and enjoying life again. We have helped recover over $40 million for previous clients to help with their distracted driving accident recovery, and we want to help you, too. If you or someone you love has been injured in a distracted driving crash in Newport Beach, call us today at (949) 691-3660 or send us a completed contact form for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.

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