Texting-and-Driving Accident Lawyers in Houston
Accident Claims After Reckless Texters Cause Crashes
Texas has made it unlawful for anyone to use a smartphone or similar electronic device while driving. Although texting-and-driving is not allowed, it does not mean that all motorists follow the rules. Car accidents caused by texting drivers still happen hundreds of times a day in America, especially in populated areas like Houston.
Did you get hit by a texting-and-driving motorist? The law might hold them criminally accountable, but you need to hold them civilly accountable for your damages. Get the help of Dunk Law Firm and our Houston texting-and-driving accident attorneys to manage your claim. Our decades of collective legal experience can be put to good use for you!
Call (713) 575-1991 today to learn more about our services for injury claimants.
Texting-and-Driving: The Ultimate Driver Distraction
There are many forms of driver distraction, which are all bad behaviors. Why is texting-and-driving considered to be the “worst of the worst,” though? The answer lies in how texting behind the wheel will engage a driver in three distinct forms of distraction at once.
There are three forms of driver distraction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Visual: When your eyes are taken off the road around you
- Manual: When your hands are taken off the wheel
- Cognitive: When your mind is taken off the task of driving
Picking up a smartphone to read or send a text checks off all three of these types of driver distractions. Looking at the phone is a visual distraction, picking it up or texting is a manual distraction, and reading or thinking about a text is a cognitive distraction.
Cognitive or mental distractions are even worse than they might seem because they are believed to linger. The National Safety Council (NSC) has estimated that cognitive distractions last at least 30 seconds per incident. In regard to reading a text, a driver would still be thinking about that message for half a minute after putting the phone away.
Evidence of Texting-and-Driving Negligence
No driver wants to ever admit that they were texting-and-driving because they understand the behavior is inherently reckless and oftentimes unlawful. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that as few as 5-to-10% of drivers say they text-and-drive, yet the number is surely much higher. Looking around while stopped at an intersection will usually cause you to notice at least one driver looking at their phone.
To prove that the other driver was texting when they hit you, we can use:
- Cellphone data records
- Testimonies from emergency responders
- Eyewitness statements
- Traffic cam footage
Dunk Law Firm Fights for People Like You
Our community is important to us here at Dunk Law Firm in Houston, Texas. When we hear from someone who has been hurt by a reckless texting driver, we take the claim to heart. We can manage your case as if we are representing ourselves and pursue every last penny of compensation on your behalf, which is exactly what we have been doing since we first opened our law firm in 2004.
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