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About 40% of all car accidents can be attributed in some way to distracted driving, according to research conducted by groups like the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With driver distraction being one of the largest contributors to traffic collisions, it is therefore a significant contributor to all preventable deaths in the country. At Dunk Law Firm, we think this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed at every level.
We are proud to offer distracted driving accident claim representation to the good people of Houston in hopes that we can make a difference in their lives and those of all motorists. By holding a distracted driver accountable for their actions and the harm they caused, they are more likely to learn from their mistakes and stop their distracted driving habits.
If you have been hit by a driver who was not paying attention to the road, then let our distracted driving accident lawyers in Houston know by calling (713) 575-1991 or by filling out an online contact form if you prefer.
On This Page:
- The Legal Definition of Distracted Driving
- Examples of Distracted Driving
- Types of Crashes Caused by Distracted Drivers
- Proving Driver Distraction
- Can Being Overly Emotional Lead to Distracted Driving?
- How Can Distracted Driving Accidents be Prevented?
- When Should You Call 911 Regarding a Distracted Driver?
- What Are the Penalties for Distracted Driving in Texas?
- Hiring An Attorney
The CDC defines distracted driving as "anything that takes your attention away from driving." This can include visual, manual and cognitive distractions. In other words, if something takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or your mind off of driving, that thing should be considered a distraction.
There are no two ways around the issue: texting-and-driving is the most common and dangerous form of Texas distracted driving. Practically every motorist owns a smartphone, and the majority of those drivers keep it within eyesight or at-hand when behind the wheel. Although the numbers vary depending on the data studies, research indicates that nearly 50% of all distracted driving accidents involve at least one driver using a cellphone in some capacity, such as texting, talking, changing the music selection, using the GPS, etc.
Other dangerous driver distractions that you could encounter on the road are:
- Applying makeup
- Chatting with passengers
- Drinking beverages
- Eating food
- Reading a billboard
- Tinkering with the radio
The form of crash that most frequently results from driver distraction is rear-end accidents. These types of accidents can be either severe, or minor fender-benders. Minor accidents typically occur if the driver wasn't paying attention and began to accelerate in standstill traffic while on their phone. They may then collide with the car in front of them, sometimes causing a chain-reaction collision.
More serious rear-end accidents may occur if a driver is traveling on the highway and looks away from the road for a moment and fails to notice the car in front of them is braking due to a road hazard. Because the driver is traveling at a much faster pace, they may not be able to stop in time and may hit the car in front of them going 60 mph or more.
It will be rare to meet a distracted driver who wants to admit they were not paying attention when they crashed. It is far more likely that they will somehow try to blame you for the accident. To prove that they were distracted at the time of the crash, our distracted driving accident attorneys in Houston might have to conduct a comprehensive search for evidence.
Useful evidence that the other driver was breaking Texas distracted driving laws can include:
- Cellphone data records
- Testimonials from other motorists or passengers
- Emergency responder reports
- Liable driver’s DMV records
Preventing accidents caused by distracted driving begins on the individual level. Make sure that you are not guilty of being a distracted driver, and hold your friends and family responsible to do the same. Some basic ways to avoid causing a distracted driving crash include:
- Only using your phone if it's an emergency (if possible, pull over first)
- Avoiding eating and driving at the same time
- Avoiding multitasking while driving (even if you think you do it well!)
- Not driving while tired; pull over and rest before continuing on
- Asking your passengers not to distract you by showing you their phones or by having loud or animated conversations
- Asking your passenger to make adjustments to the radio for you or give you directions, rather than trying to do it yourself
- Leave home or work with plenty of time to get where you are going; don't rush!
If you notice that another driver is swerving or drifting because they are distracted, you may want to call 911 to report the incident, especially if you believe their behavior may lead to an accident. If you do choose to report the driver, you should pull over to the side of the road before placing your call. You should also be prepared to provide the operator with the other driver's license plate number, a description of their vehicle, which direction it was heading, and what the driver was doing.
Individuals who violate Texas distracted driving laws may face any of the following consequences:
- $25-$100 charges for misdemeanor offenses
- Up to $4,000 fines and 1 year of jail time for repeat or more serious offenses
If their actions result in the injury or death of another individual, the driver may face criminal charges on top of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Dunk Law Firm wants to earn your trust and keep earning it throughout your case if you pick us to be your team of Houston distracted driving accident lawyers. We do that by continually updating you as your case progresses, checking to make certain you are satisfied with our next steps, and fighting for every penny of compensation as if we were representing ourselves. The ultimate goal is winning your claim as thoroughly as possible, allowing you to get your life back together after a distracted driver threatened your future wellbeing.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, as soon as you can, call (713) 575-1991 to get experienced legal guidance.
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