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Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Austin Injury Attorney for Distracted Driving Lawsuits

Research suggests that distracted driving is a growing threat to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and vehicle passengers in the United States. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people are injured in distracted driving car accidents every year, and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 3,000 people suffer fatal injuries in these accidents.

What To Do If You're an Accident Victim

Through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can seek money to compensate for your damages, such as:

  • Hospital Costs
  • Doctors' Visits
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Property Damage
  • And More

With the help of an attorney, you can fight for the maximum compensation that you need and deserve. Don't wait to start your claim; call The Daspit Law Firm today to schedule your first consultation.

What is distracted driving?

A behind-the-wheel distraction is any activity that physically, mentally, or visually impairs your ability to operate a car. This might include eating, fixing your makeup, reaching for something in the back seat, reading a roadmap, adjusting the radio, and more. According to researchers, texting is the most dangerous distraction.

Types of Distracted Driving

Is distracted driving negligence?

A successful personal injury case must prove four things:

  • The other driver owed you "duty of care"
  • The other driver neglected this duty
  • You suffered an injury or damages
  • The driver's negligence caused your injury

When a driver ignores his / her duty to protect other motorists by texting, for example, he / she neglects duty of care. This means that, in the event of an accident, the negligent driver is may be responsible for ensuing injuries and damages.

Texting While Driving and State Law

Texas law is lenient concerning cellphone usage while driving. In fact, the only state law that addresses behind-the-wheel cellphone use is a ban on handheld devices in school zones. Drivers with intermediate licenses may be subject to restrictions as well, but general state laws do not prohibit drivers from using electronic devices.

Beginning on January 1 st 2015, the city of Austin enacted a ban on texting while driving. According to the new municipal law, drivers are not allowed to use any electronic device behind the wheel of a car. This includes MP3 players, cellphones, and more. The ban does not apply to drivers in gridlocked traffic or at red lights.

Contact The Daspit Law Firm for Legal Support

If you suffered an injury, speak with an Austin distracted driving lawyer from The Daspit Law Firm today. Our lawyers are not only experienced, but passionate about helping others. To start your case, call our office now and ask about our free initial case evaluations.

We Take Your Fight As Far As It Needs To Go

All too often, accident victims are steamrolled by insurance companies determined to minimize or deny their claims. Don't let this happen to you. Hire us to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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