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Distracted Driving and Opioid Abuse Are Driving Up Rate of Auto Accident Deaths

Auto AccidemtAt the beginning of 2017, California enacted a law that made using a cell phone behind the wheel illegal. Unfortunately, the rate of accidents throughout the nation is still rising. Officials from the National Safety Council say that distracted driving and opioid abuse are driving factors. Learn more about your rights, should you or someone you love experience an accident with a drugged or distracted driver with help from the following information.

Drugged Driving Accidents

The opioid epidemic has been growing for some time now. In fact, a recent analysis determined that doctor shopping and painkiller abuse is a serious issue, even for those on state insurance. Sadly, many of these drivers get behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk. To make matters worse, some drugged drivers are so intoxicated, they literally pass out from an overdose while driving. Should you or someone you love experience an accident with one of these drivers, it is crucial that you contact emergency professionals immediately (overly intoxicated drivers may need medication to survive). It is also advised that you seek assistance from an experienced lawyer when pursuing your claim.

Distracted Driving Accidents

Despite the common misconception, distracted driving includes more than just cell phone use. Changing the radio station, eating, applying makeup, and other activities that take one’s attention off the road also increase the risk of an accident. Of course, cell phones have become the most prominent (and potentially most dangerous) form of distracted driving, which is why the state of California enacted the no cell phone law.

If you or someone you love is involved in a distracted driver accident, it is important that you seek both medical attention and legal assistance as soon as possible. Doing so can protect your rights and increase your chances of obtaining the most compensation possible for any injuries or losses you may have sustained. If a loved one was killed in a distracted driver accident, you may be eligible for compensation under a wrongful death claim.

Contact Our San Jose Auto Accident Lawyers

At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we understand just how devastating an accident can be to victims and their families. Skilled and experienced, we fight aggressively for the most compensation possible. To learn more about how our San Jose auto accident attorneys can assist with your case by scheduling a free, no obligation consultation. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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