Smartphones seem to do everything, except make us better drivers. In Texas and many other states, handheld devices are illegal. Texting or surfing the web and driving is definitely illegal, as some studies have shown distracted driving is more dangerous than drowsy driving. Unfortunately, the rise of digital technology has resulted in an increase of car accidents, and not just among young people. Despite digital ad campaigns and hefty tickets, people continue to drive distracted. If you were injured in a car accident as a result of a negligent distracted driver, the attorneys at Wham & Rogers, PLLC can assist with your claim.
Distracted Driving Updates
In Texas, it is illegal to craft a text message or respond to receive messages, answer an email, scroll Instagram or Facebook, or make a phone call without Bluetooth technology. Any use of a handheld device is a violation of the statute. If ticketed, the driver is subject to a $60 fine and three points added to their license. If a driver is distracted and strikes another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist, they are liable for damages and injury caused to the victim. During discovery, a plaintiff’s attorney can request phone records from the defendant to determine if distracted driving was a potential cause. Sometimes the driver may admit fault at the scene, but this is extremely rare. Unfortunately distracted driving is linked to more and more collisions and even fatalities. Unlike the weather or mechanical malfunctioning, distracted driving is both predictable and preventable.
Next Steps after a Car Crash
If you are in a collision with another driver and suspect they may have been texting just prior to the accident, try to obtain their identification and the make and model of their car, if safe to do so. If possible, take a photograph of the vehicle damage along with their car insurance information so you can file a claim with your insurance company. Contact the police so that a police statement can be written and used as evidence. If the officer believes distracted driving was the cause of the accident, he or she might issue the other driver a citation or summons for violating the statute. If you sustained an injury because of the accident, even if you think you can drive home, seek medical treatment. Some injuries from collisions are latent, but it is important you get the treatment you need. Serious car collisions often result in injuries to the neck, back, wrists, or worse. You may need medical imaging, physical or occupational therapy, durable medical equipment, and other treatment for which you should not be hed financially responsible.
Schedule a Consultation After Your Accident
If you or a loved one was in a serious car crash because of distracted driving, call our attorneys at Wham & Rogers, PLLC. We specialize in personal injury claims, and we will not rest until you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Do not let another driver’s negligence and cell phone addiction cost your health and additional property damages, and do not settle for the insurance company’s first low offer. Contact our attorneys to get on the path toward healing.