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Fatal California Car Accident Involved Driver Distracted by Cell Phone


A 27-year-old man was killed in a car accident in Santa Barbara County after his vehicle was struck head-on by another car. The fatal car accident occurred the afternoon of December 18, 2009, when a gray Acura sedan and a green Nissan SUV collided with each other. The driver of the Acura was killed and the driver of the Nissan SUV was transported to a local hospital. California Highway Patrol officials are still investigating the cause of this crash, but believe that a cell phone may have distracted one of the drivers.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of this man who was killed in this crash. I offer my deepest condolences to them for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I also wish the injured victim the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

According to a study performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80 percent of car accidents and 65 percent of near car accidents involve some type of driver distraction and usually these distractions occurred within three seconds before a crash. The study also reports that some of the principal actions that cause distracted driving and lead to vehicle crashes are cell phone use (or texting), reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle, looking at an object or event outside the vehicle, reading and applying makeup.

California Cell Phone and Texting Laws

Talking on a hand-held cell phone and texting are illegal under California law. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23123 (a): “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.” It is also illegal in California to type, read or send text messages while driving.

Liability Issues

In this particular case, it’s not clear yet which one of the drivers was using a cell phone or caused the crash. However, if you or a loved has been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who has successfully pursued negligent drivers and held them financially responsible on behalf of injured car accident victims. If you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization and even long-term care. In cases where such negligence causes a fatality, the family of the deceased car accident victim may file a wrongful death claim seeking damages.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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