Injured by a Distracted Driver in Texas? Call (214) 231-0555
Distracted driving has become a serious problem on U.S. roads during the last decade, with Fort Worth being no exception. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, distracted driving is responsible for 80 percent of all road accidents. More and more, drivers are making phone calls, texting, emailing and engaging on social media while driving. Research has shown that a driver who is texting while behind the steering wheel, on average, takes their eyes of the road for five seconds for each message that is sent. No wonder that research shows that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-distracted driver. It’s not just cell phone use that’s the problem, but also eating and drinking while driving, as well as other distracting behaviors such as putting on makeup, shaving, reaching for objects and being engaged in a conversation while driving.
Drivers Using a Cell Phone
Distracted driving can lead to all types of motor vehicle accidents, from head-on collisions to side-impact crashes and rear-end accidents. Any type of motor vehicle crash can have severe and even deadly consequences. Especially if pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists are involved, distracted driving crashes are likely to have a dire outcome. Distracted drivers are liable for the accident they caused and thus, also for the injuries that were sustained by other parties involved in the accident. Whether the distracted behavior they engaged in is legal or not doesn’t matter if it can be shown that it directly caused the accident and the resulting injuries. Using a cellphone while driving may not be illegal according to Texas law, but if the evidence shows that using the cellphone caused an accident, the distracted driver can be held liable for the crash.
How to Prove Negligence in Fort Worth
Proving negligence can be complicated in a distracted driving case, it is highly advisable to hire an attorney after your crash. An experienced Fort Worth car accident attorney can help you prove the distracted driver’s negligence and the extent of your damages to make sure that you get adequately compensated for your injuries and other damages.
Because distracted drivers often contest that they were engaged in any distracting behavior or that the distracting behavior actually caused the accident, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your crash to gather proof of the distracted driving behavior and show that it actually caused your accident. Once we’ve established negligence, we will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company to retrieve compensation for all your damages, which may include past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, lost wages and earning capacity, loss of consortium and more.
While no monetary compensation can really compensate for the damages that may have been caused by your motor vehicle accident, it can at least help you cover your expenses so you don’t find yourself in financial problems due to your crash and help make sure that you are able to afford the best possible treatment for your injuries. Call (214) 231-0555 today to speak with a Fort Worth injury lawyer at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP.