Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors that can occur behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Texting drivers can be held liable for any injuries that occur when they cause collisions.
If you were hurt in an accident with a texting driver in Texas, a car accident lawyer from our firm might be able to help. You could recover financial compensation if your injury case against the texting driver is successful. You can reach out to a Texas texting while driving car accident lawyer right away to learn more about your legal options.
Our Texas Law Firm Can Seek Financial Recovery
Pursuing a civil lawsuit is rarely easy. Investigating an accident and proving negligence takes time. However, plaintiffs must take steps promptly to avoid any harmful case delays. Mistakes made during car accident lawsuits can have devastating consequences, too. For that reason and others, hiring legal counsel can protect your rights and interests as you seek recovery. When you become our client, our personal injury attorneys can do the following in your case:
- Investigating the crash’s cause
- Collecting cell phone records from the other driver
- Evaluating the crash scene
- Speaking with eyewitnesses, expert witnesses
- Reviewing the police report
- Compiling your medical records
- Determining your case’s value
- Negotiating a settlement
- Pursuing litigation against the at-fault driver
One of the most important ways our attorneys could assist with your case involves extracting data from the mobile device that likely led to your accident. Cell phones collect and transmit data constantly, which can provide the evidence you need to prove your case. These records could show that the other driver was texting, streaming video, or performing some other action on their phone while behind the wheel. This is powerful evidence your attorney could use in your favor at trial.
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Types of Damages Available To You Can Vary
When it comes to motor vehicle cases, each type of compensation available falls into one of two categories. These categories are economic and non-economic damages. You might be entitled to both categories of compensation following a collision with a texting driver.
Economic damages serve one purpose: to return you to the financial position you were in immediately before your accident. The goal is to pay for all your out-of-pocket costs and ensure that you do not face financial hardship due to the actions of a distracted driver.
Economic damages can include lost income and medical bills. You can prove the value of these damages using receipts, invoices, and other documents. Non-economic damages are not related to your out-of-pocket costs. Instead, these damages compensate you for the subjective harm that can come with a vehicle collision. This generally involves your physical and emotional damages from the accident.
Common non-economic damages include pain and suffering or emotional distress. While you cannot rely on documents like bills or receipts to establish these damages, our firm is ready to show a jury what your case is worth.
Affordable Legal Representation for a Texas Texting While Driving Car Accident
Hiring an attorney could offer your best path toward financial compensation. However, the thought of additional expenses following an accident might also give you pause. While it is true that attorneys have developed a reputation for being costly, you might be surprised at your options following an accident with a texting driver.
Our firm takes car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we get to work on your case right away without collecting any legal fees from you. Instead, we obtain our fee by keeping a portion of what we recover on your behalf. The percentage we keep is set at the beginning of the case and will never change.
This approach is in your best interest, as it means you will never be required to pay our fees up front. What’s more, you will not owe us anything if you do not win your case. You will never be at risk of paying our legal fees without having a settlement to show for it. We urge you to reach out to us for legal help as soon as you can after an accident. Generally, accident victims get two years to pursue damages from the at-fault or liable party, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. Wrongful death plaintiffs also have two years under the law.
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The Risks of Texting While Driving Are Significant
The risks associated with texting while driving cannot be understated. In fact, the accident statistics speak for themselves. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 15 percent of all accidents involving bodily injuries resulted from a distraction in 2018. Texting is one of the most common distractions for motorists in Texas.
Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can increase the chances of causing an accident. When drivers fail to watch the road, they can miss changing conditions like pedestrians stepping into their paths or traffic slowing in front of them. This can make it impossible for distracted drivers to avoid a collision in time.
There are also notable consequences that can come with texting and driving. In addition to the potential for expenses related to an accident, there is also the possibility of paying for the other driver’s losses through a civil lawsuit. On top of that, causing an accident due to texting could raise insurance premiums.
Contact Us for Legal Help After a Texting While Driving Accident in Texas
You can file a personal injury lawsuit following an accident with a texting driver. These drivers must operate their vehicles safely; texting behind the wheel violates that duty. Our firm is ready to help you hold them accountable for their losses.
The attorney team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins is ready to help you get the outcome you deserve in your car accident injury case. Do not pursue financial recovery alone. Reach out to us for a free consultation to learn how our Texas texting while driving car accident lawyer can help you.