Driving safely and prudently takes 100% of a driver’s focus. A distracted driver often cannot react to changing roadway situations quickly enough to prevent a collision. In 2018, 398 people in Texas died in auto accidents involving distracted driving. Thousands of others suffered serious injuries and property damages. As the victim of a distracted driving accident in Denton and throughout Denton County, Texas, you could have grounds to bring a claim against the at-fault driver. Contact the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. at (214) 200-4878 for a free consultation about your car accident case.
An insurance claims adjuster may contact you as soon as the day of your distracted driving accident asking for a recorded statement and trying to convince you to accept a fast settlement. In general, it is not in your best interest to discuss your car accident case with a claims adjuster without first contacting an attorney. A claims adjuster does not work for you but the insurance company. He or she may not offer what your injuries are truly worth, or may even try to deny or ignore your claim. By hiring an attorney, you protect yourself from insurance tactics that might otherwise ruin your chances of recovering fair compensation.
An investigation of your auto accident could uncover signs of the other driver’s distraction, such as food wrappers in the passenger seat or cellphone records proving the driver was on the phone at the time of the crash. Your lawyer may then use this evidence to argue your claim to financial compensation from the at-fault driver. Many types of distracted driving can lead to accidents in Denton.
Texas has laws against distracted driving. The state’s cellphone law bans all drivers from using handheld cellphones to send messages, for example. State law also prohibits reckless driving, such as speeding or drifting between lanes. Distractions behind the wheel can lead to reckless driving and broken roadway rules. If a distracted driver causes a car accident, he or she may owe the victim compensation under Texas’ civil laws.
Try to remain calm enough to collect evidence that could help you build a claim after a car accident in Denton. Take photographs of the other driver’s vehicle and the inside of the cab. Get your police report number and copies of medical documents from the hospital. The more information and evidence you gather after a crash, the stronger your claim to damages could be. Then, contact a lawyer from the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. for a free distracted driving accident consultation. We can listen to your story and let you know if we think the other driver owes you compensation. If we take your case, we can help you with the legal legwork from that point on.
Do not wait to speak to an attorney about a distracted driving accident that caused serious injuries or took the life of a family member. You may be eligible for compensation from the reckless or negligent driver in Denton County, but you only have two years to bring a claim. Contact us as soon as possible after a crash for a free consultation.