There are many forms of distracted driving (texting and driving being one that we are constantly discussing, due to its seriousness) and recently, another one was added to the list: e-cig’ing and driving. While it is not against the law in California to drive while smoking an e-cigarette, it is against the law to drive while distracted. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, California law and experienced Woodland Hills accident attorneys are on your side.
E-Cig Driving Injuries
Recently, a woman in Arizona suffered second-degree burn injuries to her legs and broken bones after her electronic cigarette exploded in her vehicle and caused her to crash her truck. According to a news report, the 20-year-old woman was backing out of a driveway when her e-cigarette exploded in her lap, igniting a fire. She jumped out of her truck, but in an extreme twist of events, the truck ran over the woman’s legs after she jumped out, breaking both her hips. She remains hospitalized due to her injuries.
The Danger of E-Cigarettes
Smoking e-cigarettes while driving can lead to car accidents in a number of ways. For example, the driver who looks down to pick up a dropped e-cig or, as in the case above, a defective e-cig malfunctions and causes the driver to swerve, crash into another car, etc… This is not the first report of an e-cigarette exploding while in use and if someone is driving while that happens, the chances of them taking their eyes of the road and potentially causing a serious crash are great.
Distracted Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a negligent, reckless, or careless driver in Woodland Hills, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the driver and recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
For more information on whether you should file an accident claim against a negligent driver, contact accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free, no obligation consultation.