Texting while driving is a dangerous form of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving caused about 400,000 injuries and 2,841 deaths in 2018, which included 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 cyclists. Additionally, more than 9% of fatal crashes in the United States involved a distracted driver in the last seven years, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
If you were injured in an accident caused by a texting driver, an El Paso texting while driving accident lawyer from Loncar Associates may be able to help with your claim. Call our law firm today at (877) 239-4878 for more information.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is often recognized as the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it involves manual, visual, and cognitive distraction. Safewise identifies the following dangers of texting while driving:
- It takes an average of 5 seconds to send or read a text, and if you take your eyes off the road for this period of time, you can travel the length of a football field when traveling 55 mph.
- An estimated 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device while driving at any point in time.
TeenDriverSource.org also highlights the following dangers:
- Using a cell phone reduces brain activity that should be focused on driving by 37%
- Typing a text message reduces the ability of a driver to sufficiently pay attention to the road, to respond to traffic events, and to control their vehicle
- High school students who admitted to frequently texting while driving were also more likely to ride with a driver who had recently consumed alcohol, more likely to drink and drive themselves, and less likely to wear a seatbelt
Due to these potential dangers, it is important to avoid texting while driving. Even though this driving behavior is often associated with teens, adults and experienced drivers may also commit this dangerous act. As reported by iDriveSafely, 10% of parents report having extended conversations via text while driving.
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Common Types of Texting-While-Driving Accident Injuries
Texting while driving can cause a variety of different types of accidents. Distracted drivers may sideswipe other motorists. They may run into the back of a stopped vehicle in front of them and cause a rear-end collision. Sometimes, this driving behavior can also result in a head-on collision. Therefore, the types of injuries that can arise after this type of accident may also be varied and may include:
- Airbag injuries
- Seat Belt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Soft tissue injuries
- Wrist injuries
Texas Laws on Texting While Driving
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas law prohibits using a wireless communications device to send or receive electronic messages while operating a vehicle. Additional prohibitions in Texas include:
- Using a handheld device while in a school zone
- Using a handheld device while driving a school bus while children are on the bus
- Using a wireless communication device if you are under 18 years of age
- Using a handheld cell phone during the first six months of driving if you have a learner’s permit
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How Our Personal Injury Lawyers May Be Able to Help
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was carelessly texting and driving at the time of the accident, an El Paso texting while driving accident lawyer may be able to help with your claim.
Because a driver who is not paying attention to the road in front of them is less likely to brake with sufficient space to come to a complete stop, any collision may occur at a higher rate of speed, which can cause serious injuries that can lead to life-altering consequences. Our lawyers may gather evidence to demonstrate how the accident happened and the full extent it had on your life.
Our lawyers may be able to review and submit crucial evidence that establishes texting while driving, including:
- The accident report
- Eyewitness reports
- Camera footage
- Property damage
- Accident scene photos
- Electronic vehicle information
- Cell phone records
Damages in these types of claims may be extensive and may include:
- Emergency medical care
- Costs of continuing care and reasonably anticipated medical care in the future
- Lost wages
- Costs to repair or replace your vehicle
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish
Our lawyers may serve as your legal advocates. We may be able to handle communication with the insurance company, including explaining the evidence that substantiates your claim, supplementing your claim with relevant evidence, and negotiating a fair resolution of your claim.
Our lawyers have the resources necessary to properly investigate your accident, document evidence, and handle your claim from start to finish. We may also provide sound legal advice during the process so that you can protect your legal rights and the value of your claim.
Our lawyers work closely with personal injury victims and understand the challenges and financial hardships that they are facing. We know how devastating being a victim of a careless distracted driver can be and will fight for your compensation. We can also inform you of the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit so that your case is not time-barred.
You cannot afford to wait too long, so contact us today by calling (877) 239-4878 to get started on your claim.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, an El Paso texting while driving accident lawyer from Loncar Associates may be able to help with your claim. We can discuss your legal rights and options during a free case consultation. Because we work on a contingency-fee-basis, we do not charge any attorney fees unless we secure compensation for your claim.
Call our law firm today at (877) 239-4878 for more information.