Texting while driving poses a threat to motorists, passengers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians who are on or near a road where a motorist is texting and driving. Taking attention from the road while driving for any reason is dangerous (for obvious reasons), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates texting while driving as “the most alarming distraction” among the many ways of being distracted while operating a motor vehicle.
You may have grounds for legal action if you or a loved one was involved in an accident with a distracted driver and suffered an injury, including a fatal injury, as a result. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about how a Lubbock texting while driving accident lawyer could assist you or your loved one.
Texting While Driving Is a National Problem
The Texas Department of Transportation has made efforts to combat the danger that is texting and driving through the “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign, but the problem of texting and driving remains a national one with few apparent solutions.
The U.S. Department of Transportation notes that:
- The dangers of distracted driving, a category of behaviors which includes texting and driving, are well known
- Texting and driving puts others on the road, as well as the driver, at risk of injury or death
- A vehicle traveling at 55 mph travels the length of a football field in a span of five seconds, which is a period in which texting and driving could take one’s attention from the road
Drivers who text and drive show a disregard for the safety of themselves and others, and texting could go hand-in-hand with other dangerous driving behaviors. Such behaviors may include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes is a significant problem in Texas
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Driving too closely to other vehicles, which may be a risk for rear-end collisions
- Driving in a generally aggressive manner
- Disobeying road traffic signals, such as red lights, stop signs, and yield signs
- Driving on parts of the road that are not intended for driving, such as medians and shoulders
- Driving a vehicle that is not safe for the road
- Making turns in front of oncoming traffic
- Being a generally careless or reckless driver
While other behaviors may also have contributed to your accident, a driver who was texting while driving during your accident or just before your accident took an action that put you at direct risk of harm. If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of such an accident, then a Lubbock texting while driving accident lawyer may help you seek compensation for your losses.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about your texting-while-driving-related accident.
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A Lawyer May Assign Fault for Your Accident
A driver who texts and drives and causes your accident as a result may have made themselves immediately liable for your losses. Such a person may not be the only one responsible for your accident, however.
Other parties that could have a form of responsibility for your accident include:
- A vehicle manufacturer, if vehicle failure contributed to your accident
- A mechanic, if their work can be tied to some form of vehicle or component failure
- A government entity, if road conditions under their control contributed to your accident
- Any employer of the driver who caused your accident
Your lawyer could bring your attention to liable parties that you have not considered, and you may discuss the ways that you can pursue compensation from those at-fault parties. One of those options may be insurance.
A Lawyer May Handle Your Insurance Claim
Insurance may be the first option that you pursue as you attempt to secure compensation after a texting-while-driving accident. Your lawyer may:
- Advise you in a way that protects you from making statements which unfairly assign blame for your accident to yourself
- Coach you before you make any statements to insurers
- Handle communications with insurance companies directly
- Negotiate a settlement with insurance companies on your behalf
- Evaluate whether or not any insurance compensation offers fairly compensate you for your losses
It is possible that insurance does not net you the compensation you deserve, and this could be the case for any number of reasons. If this proves to be the case with you, then your lawyer may ask you whether you would like to initiate a lawsuit.
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Seeking Fair Compensation Through a Lawsuit
A lawsuit may be an option for you to pursue, and possibly obtain, the compensation that you believe you deserve for an accident caused by texting and driving. A settlement may be your preferred outcome, as The New York Times explains, but your lawyer may be able to secure a favorable judgement otherwise.
Some of the accident-related losses which you may list as damages in your lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses for your injuries
- Income you have lost because of your accident
- Diminished earning capacity
- Diminished physical health
- Diminished mental health
- Pain and suffering
- The death of a loved one
- Any other harm you have endured because of your accident
Your lawyer may collect evidence, interview witnesses, organize your oral and written case, and represent you in settlement negotiations or at trial. In short, they may handle all of the legal aspects of your case while you direct your attention and effort towards recovery.
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The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins will represent you or your loved one if you are entitled to compensation after a texting-while-driving accident in Lubbock. Call in the Strong Arm by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777—we will explain further how a Lubbock texting while driving accident lawyer could serve you.