It’s the kind of tragedy that happens far too frequently, and it’s the kind of tragedy that’s entirely preventable. A 17-year-old Minnesota girl is now charged in a traffic accident that took the life of a father and daughter. Carlee Rose Bollig was driving a pickup truck in July when she allegedly ran a red light on U.S. Highway 10 north of Minneapolis. Charles Mauer and his 10-year-old daughter, Cassy, were on their way home from a public library when Ms. Bollig allegedly slammed into their car, according to WCCO-TV News. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffany Schweigart says investigators have strong evidence that Ms. Bollig was texting and ignored a red light. Minnesota prosecutors have now charged the driver with criminal vehicular homicide, using a phone while in motion, and driving without a valid license.

If you’re injured in California because someone was texting while driving and crashed into you, speak at once with an experienced Oakland personal injury lawyer. Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is against the law and constitutes negligent driving, and in California, victims injured by negligent drivers are entitled to full compensation for all of their medical treatment and their other injury-related expenses. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone talking or texting is now tied to more than 25 percent of all traffic mishaps.

Forensic analysis of Ms. Bollig’s phone reportedly shows that she was texting just moments before the fatal accident. If you are injured by a texting driver, contact a good personal injury lawyer immediately. Your attorney will need to gather cell phone records, testimony, and other evidence as quickly as possible to fight effectively on your behalf. If you or someone you love has been injured – or is injured in the future – by a texting or a negligent driver, take your case at once to an experienced Oakland personal injury lawyer.

By: Fred Geonetta

Frederick J. Geonetta is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. His legal practice is entirely devoted to litigation. Mr. Geonetta has spent the past 25 years in private practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants who have been harmed or wronged by the actions of others or who have been falsely accused of causing harm to others. He represents clients across the U.S. and international clients who seek U.S. legal advice or representation.