Mesa Texting Accident Attorneys Aid Victims of Driver Inattention
Maricopa County lawyers seek compensation for injured parties
Thousands of accidents and numerous deaths each year are ascribed to people who are texting while driving, and it is likely that the statistics miss many more collisions caused by electronic devices. In recognition of this, Arizona passed a law barring vehicle operators from communicating via text while holding their cell phone. At The Bradshaw Firm, PLC, we are dedicated Mesa texting while driving injury lawyers who take on distracted motorists in order to obtain compensatory, general and other damages for plaintiffs in Maricopa County and statewide.
Knowledgeable firm discusses changes to the Arizona texting and driving law
Though some Arizona cities had already implemented bans, the new law taking full effect in 2021 prohibits drivers statewide from writing, reading or sending a text message using any type of handheld electronic device. Likewise, you cannot speak on a phone that needs to be held or wedged between your shoulder and ear. Police can stop violators even if no other driving offense is being committed. Initial fines are set between $75 and $149, and multiple offenders must pay between $150 and $250.
What happens if you’ve been hit by someone while texting and driving?
If you’ve suffered injuries resulting from a car accident in Mesa, the fact that one or both drivers were texting is critically important when determining fault. Under Arizona’s pure comparative negligence standard, an injured party can collect damages even if they’re partly to blame for the collision. However, the eventual verdict would be reduced by the percentage fault assigned to them. For example, if a motorist suffered $100,000 in damages but was held to be 20 percent responsible for the crash, their judgment would be for $80,000.
Can you sue someone for texting and driving?
Though texting and driving can be punished by a fine, no violation need be found in order to cite distraction as a contributing cause in a civil auto accident claim. Drawing on decades of experience, our auto accident attorneys know how to obtain cell phone records and electronic data recorders to identify if someone was paying attention to their phone when the collision occurred.
Litigators assert victims’ rights in texting and driving claims
Arizona is not like “no fault” auto insurance jurisdictions where a victim’s own coverage pays for most medical bills and property damage regardless of who caused the accident. Here, someone can seek relief directly against the distracted driver responsible for the crash, or their insurer. We help individuals hurt by texting motorists collect reimbursement for healthcare expenses, wages lost due to the crash, the pain and suffering they experienced and the cost of repairing or replacing their vehicle. Following a fatality triggered by someone on their cell phone, our wrongful death lawyers aggressively pursue a result that provides bereaved families a way to deal with the financial aspect of their loss.
Contact a Mesa lawyer for a free consultation if you were hit by a texting driver
The Bradshaw Firm, PLC seeks compensation for clients who have been injured by a motorist who was texting behind the wheel. Located in Mesa, our firm represents plaintiffs in Maricopa County and statewide. To schedule a free consultation, please call 480-712-9126 or contact us online.