Free Consultation: (650) 345-8484 Tap Here to Call Us
A Law Firm You Can Trust. Contact Us for a Free Consultation
A Law Firm You Can Trust.

A Recent Crash in California Reminds Us All of the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is dangerous and, too often, deadly. More than 50 people die, on average, every week from distracted driving nationwide, according to federal statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Historically, California has had more than its share of fatal distracted driving accidents as, in past years, roughly 9-10% of all such accidents happened in this state. Whether a distracted driving accident hurt you or killed your loved one, California law may entitle you to sue for substantial compensation, so be sure to reach out to an experienced San Mateo injury attorney right away.

Recently, CBS San Francisco reported on a local accident that, thankfully, did not end in any deaths. According to the San Mateo Police Department, a white Range Rover SUV crashed into a building in the 4100 block of South El Camino Real. No one was hurt in the crash, according to the CBS report.

The CBS report also noted that, although the police department did not release an official cause for the accident, the department did provide a hint on its Facebook page. The department’s social media post read, “There are many things that cause us to lose focus while driving: drugs/alcohol/medication, age, health issues, distractions in the car & out. Pay attention to the road and avoid anything that will take your focus away from your one goal, to arrive safely at your destination.”


If you are hurt because someone else was driving while distracted, one of the things you should do as soon as reasonably possible is retain the services of an experienced attorney. The sooner you have legal counsel, the sooner your legal team can set to work collecting the evidence you’ll need to win your case.

Doing the right discovery to get the evidence you’ll need

Like a lot of vehicle accident cases, your distracted driving case will require doing investigation of the accident scene – and doing it quickly – in order to collect physical evidence that might be lost if you wait too long. It will also involve investigating police records, to see if the driver who hit you was cited or was charged criminally. That kind of proof may be extremely beneficial, as it may allow you to use an additional theory of liability called “negligence per se,” which applies if a driver has been found (or pled) guilty to some sort of criminal transgression, including certain traffic violations.

Unlike other vehicle accident cases, however, you’ll almost certainty want to obtain a copy of the other driver’s cell phone service records, as they may hold proof that the other driver was using his/her phone at the time of the accident (and what that driver was doing on his/her phone in that moment.) Were they texting? Taking a selfie? Posting on Instagram? Documented evidence of this usage may make your case immensely stronger.

Beyond that, your case may also benefit from experts like medical professions and economic/vocational experts, who can provide the jury with a clearer picture of how you were hurt, what you’ve lost and what those losses have cost you.

Whatever evidence you need for success, the right legal team can help you get it and then piece it together into a winning case. Rely on the experienced San Mateo injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos to help you get the results you need. Our car accident attorneys have many years of experience helping injured people and their families to use the legal system and succeed. To set up a free consultation with one of our helpful attorneys, contact us at 650-345-8484 or through our website.

Auto AccidentsandCar Accident

Client Reviews

    I retained Ilya Frangos of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos on a business litigation matter involving a frivolous lawsuit filed in federal court. Ilya guided me through the case and helped make sure that I understood the process… He always took the time to answer all my questions and helped put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend him and this firm!


    I called Mr Frye after my wife had passed away… John listened to my case over the phone, after aggreeing to represent me, handled everything from there… I have already recommended Mr Frye to a friend for help with a similiar case and would without reserve recommend him to anybody. He came highly recommended as an expert in these type cases, and I believe he demonstrated this personally.


    Chantel Fitting is as good as it gets. If you have been injured, need help and cant get what you know you deserve from one of the big insurance companies, then you have got to call Chantel. She will fight for you like it was her that was hurt… She cares. Call her. You wont be sorry you did.

    Cindy C.

    A great experience. Excellent law firm which treats their client’s with the utmost respect. Very knowledgeable and made me fell extremely secure when handling my personal injury claim. Would highly recommend Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos to handle your next case.

    Lisa D.

    I was fortunate enough to have been represented and retained by this law firm for my injuries sustained by an under insured motorist. I must say Chantel Fitting and Illya Frangos went above and beyond trying to resolve my case… I would highly recommend this law firm and stop shopping around if you are looking for the best, as this is as good as it gets.

    Joanna K.

Submit a Law Firm Client Review