According to the Texas Department of Transportation, distracted driving causes one in five motor vehicle accidents in our state. Cell phone use is the primary reason for distracted driving, but other forms of distracted driving, as defined by the department, may include reading, grooming, eating and drinking, programming a GPS, or adjusting a radio or other device. There is no statewide law against distracted driving, but the percentage of crashes as of June 2015 is up 6% compared to 2014.
Some accidents are simply that, accidents. Perhaps road conditions were to blame or the crash was unavoidable. Victims of distracted driving accidents have to live with the fact that their injuries could have avoided if someone hadn’t taken his or her eyes off of the road for a few seconds. Knowing that distracted driving was to blame can be difficult to accept.
Victims in any motor vehicle accident may suffer from a range of life-altering injuries. From chronic pain to traumatic brain injury, there are countless ways in which an accident can change someone’s life forever. Emotional trauma often becomes part of the picture, and victims may be left wondering how they will pay for rising medical costs, time out of work, and loss of quality of life. The law provides a way for accident victims to seek justice in these cases in the form of a personal injury suit.
Distracted Driving is Negligence
If someone else caused an accident because of careless and avoidable behaviors, he or she is acting negligently. In personal injury law, negligence that causes injury is the defining evidence in a plaintiff’s case. One AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey indicates that individuals who engage in distracted driving activities are more likely to engage in other dangerous activities like driving while tired, speeding, or not wearing a seatbelt. Many cases of distracted driving also reveal other unsafe contributing factors to an accident.
Whether a distracted driver was only talking on the phone or was engaging in several unsafe activities at once, he or she should be held accountable for those accidents. Drivers have a duty on the road to exhibit a reasonable amount of caution and care while driving. Not keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel is a breach of that duty, and it is not exempt from justice in the judicial system.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for injury or death after a distracted driving accident. The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert specializes in personal injury cases to help people in the Dallas area and around Texas find the justice they deserve.
Experience Pays in Distracted Driving Cases
Personal injury attorney Aaron Herbert is board-certified in personal injury trial law in Texas. Fewer than 2% of all practicing attorneys in the state have earned that distinction. For more than 10 years, attorney Herbert has been helping victims find the compensation and justice needed in the wake of a devastating accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered in a senseless distracted driving accident, compensation may be the only way to cover all your expenses and rebuild your life. Let The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert guide you through the complex laws of personal injury in and around Dallas so that you can focus on what really matters: getting well again.
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