Any time you go out onto the open road, you are at risk of being involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by people who decide to send or read text messages while they are driving, which is shown to greatly reduce reaction time and cause people to completely miss possible hazards on the road. This type of accident is extremely frustrating because it is often caused entirely by the other person’s decision to be irresponsible and put everyone else on the road at risk.
If you have been involved in a car accident with someone who was texting while driving, you may be able to seek additional compensation as a result of your injuries in the form of a personal injury lawsuit or an out-of-court settlement. After we have established that the other driver was at fault for the accident, we will be able to begin calculating the actual financial impact of the accident, the money you are rightfully owed, and develop a strong argument for why you deserve all of this money.
Read more below about texting and driving accidents in California, and contact us now to schedule an initial consultation. During this consultation, you will be able to speak with an experienced professional who can give you legal context to your experiences, give you an idea of how we have handled previous cases similar to your own, and let you ask questions that will give you the confidence to move forward with this case.
Determining Damages In a Texting and Driving Accident
There are many different factors that go into deciding the amount that is fair and equitable for your accident, and each of these factors can vary greatly from case to case. As such, calculating the final amount takes a lot of work and research. Compensatory damages are divided into two parts in a personal injury lawsuit, which each seek to address specifics of the situation.
Economic damages are the most straightforward damages to calculate because they simply involve totaling the amount of measurable financial costs associated with the accident. This includes things like medical bills, ambulance costs, hospital stays, recovery expenses, and sort of assistive devices or medications required. In addition, it includes things like lost wages from time away from work while recovering, as well as any possible short- or long-term disability as a result of your injuries, as well as any paid time off or sick leave you needed to use in order to cover your losses.
Non-economic damages are harder to determine a total amount for because they apply to things that do not have measurable, set financial costs associated with them. They include things like the actual pain and suffering you had to endure after the accident, as well as depression and sadness resulting from your injuries, and other emotional impacts.
Typically, we will determine a “multiplier” for your non-economic damages that will give a clear indication to the judge and jury about the extent of your suffering. Upon determining a fair and understandable multiplier, it is typically applied to the economic damages that you have suffered in order to determine the overall amount we are seeking. For instance, economic damages of $10,000 and a multiplier of 3 works out to $30,000 of non-economic damages, plus the original $10,000.
Contact Us Now To Begin Working On Your Case
The sooner you contact us to begin working on your personal injury case, the sooner you will be able to close this chapter of your life and start focusing on rebuilding for the future. California has a statute of limitations that is important to pay attention to in order make sure that you will be legally allowed to seek the damages you deserve because after the time has passed, you will be unable to file a case.