Distracted drivers pose a greater threat than drunk drivers, according to some studies, and a quarter of all Texas wrecks are caused by driver inattention. Unfortunately, if you've been in an accident with a driver who was texting, eating or otherwise absentminded, it can be tough to prove and therefore tough to earn your rightful compensation.
Understanding Texas Texting and Driving Laws
Texting and driving is not yet illegal in Texas. There are some exceptions, however, and certain cities have enacted local ordinances to ban texting and driving. Whether or not texting while driving is prohibited statewide, it's something that should still be noted in a police crash report after a wreck.
How to Prove that the Other Driver Was Using Their Cell Phone
It is not always easy to prove the negligent motorist was using their cell phone immediately prior to a crash. However, lawyers are able to access the suspect's phone records through their cell phone service provider to help establish fault, but in order to do so, a lawsuit must be filed. If you're looking to prove another driver was on their phone when they wrecked into you, your first step should be to contact a personal injury attorney.
Passengers Who Have Suffered Injuries
As a passenger injured in a distracted driving accident, you had absolutely no control over your own safety and you have every right to pursue a claim for compensation. This doesn't mean you're maliciously suing the driver, who's likely a friend or family member; you are simply making an insurance claim to cover the medical bills you've incurred. It is perfectly normal for injured passengers to make a claim against their spouse, parent or friend if that's who was driving at the time.
Loose Pets Can Cause Car Wrecks
When pet owners drive with their furry friends, they often make the mistake of letting their pet roam free around the car or - worse yet - sit up in their lap. This is a huge distracted that can lead to serious wrecks and injuries.
Other Forms of Distracted Driving
When you’re sitting behind the wheel of a automobile, your full attention should be on the road ahead. Anything that takes your attention away from driving jeopardizes not only your safety, but the safety of others around you. Eating, applying make-up, shaving and reading are all recognized as highly distracting activities comparable to texting while driving.
Learn more about other dangerously distracting activities.
In order to give yourself the best possible chance to recovering the full and fair compensation you deserve from the insurance company, it is critical that you hire a board certified personal injury attorney to fight for you as soon as possible following the crash. The Anderson Law Firm offers completely free, no obligation consultations to accident victims, and if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything. Call us today at 817-294-1900 in Fort Worth, or toll free from anywhere at 800-354-6275