Distracted driving is a serious safety problem in Texas and throughout the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving claims thousands of lives each year. Tens of thousands more sustain severe injuries in distracted driving accidents. There is perhaps no more dangerous (or more common) form of distracted driving than texting while driving. In this article, our Brazoria County car accident attorneys provide a guide to texting and driving collisions in Texas.
Know the Risks: Texting Dramatically Increases the Likelihood of Accident
Alarmingly, many drivers admit to sometimes texting while behind the wheel. A survey published by AAA, found that around 1 in 3 U.S. drivers admit to texting and driving. This is a serious problem. Texting while driving dramatically increases the risk of an accident. Some studies suggest that you are approximately 24 times more likely to be involved in a traffic collision if you are texting and driving. Even quickly glancing at your phone to read a text is dangerous. It takes your eyes and attention off of the road. In a split second, something unexpected could happen that requires a quick stop. A driver who is texting loses precious time when a safety issue arises.
Texting While Driving is Negligence in Texas
Were you injured in a crash with a driver who was texting or otherwise distracted? If so, you have a right to hold them liable for your injuries. Drivers have a responsibility to comply with all traffic regulations. As explained by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), “texting while driving is illegal everywhere in Texas.” It is one of the most straightforward forms of negligence. A driver who causes an accident while texting must be held accountable.
You Deserve Full Financial Compensation for Your Injuries
In Texas, auto accident victims can hold the at-fault party legally responsible for economic and non-economic damages. Sadly, getting a full and fair financial settlement can prove to be difficult. Insurance companies fight hard to pay out as little compensation as possible. They are primarily interested in protecting their own profits. At the Kolodny Law Firm, our Brazoria County car accident lawyers know how to help clients maximize their compensation. In texting and driving accident case, you may be able to recover money for:
- Automobile repairs;
- Medical bills;
- Physical therapy;
- Mental health counseling;
- Loss of current and future income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Disability; and
- Wrongful death.
Get Help From a Brazoria County Car Crash Attorney
At the Kolodny Law Firm, our Brazoria County personal injury lawyers are aggressive, results-centered advocates for car accident victims. If you were hurt in a crash with a driver who was texting or otherwise distracted, we are here to help you recover full financial compensation. Call us now or use our confidential online contact form to schedule your free case review. With an office in Houston, we handle motor vehicle accidents claims in Brazoria County and throughout the wider area.