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Legal Rights of Distracted Driver Accident Victims in Texas

Posted on in Personal Injury

Houston Car Accident LawyerAlthough veteran drivers rarely think about it, driving is a complex task that requires our full attention. When a driver is distracted, he or she can make mistakes that increase the chances of a collision. It is hard to know for certain how many car crashes are caused by distracted driving. One study showed that over a quarter of all accidents are caused by distracted driving. Many experts believe that this number is even higher. Houston is among the most dangerous cities in the country when it comes to distracted driving.

If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a crash caused by distracted driving, it is important to know your rights.

Injury Claims for Victims of Distracted Driving

Texas law makes it illegal to text and drive or use a handheld electronic device in school zones. Unfortunately, texting and driving continues to be a huge problem. Distractions often come in the form of social media notifications, text messages, or phone calls. However, cell phones are not the only source of distraction on the road. Vehicle occupants, eating or drinking while driving, putting on makeup, and countless other factors can lead to distracted driving accidents. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from driving safely can cause an accident.

If you or a loved one were hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. You could recover compensation for:

  • Vehicle repair and damage to personal property

  • Medical expenses including hospitalization and doctor’s visits

  • Future medical expenses caused by the crash such as physical therapy or mental health care

  • Lost income caused by missed work

  • Loss of earning capacity caused by the injuries

  • Pain and suffering

  • Mental anguish and psychological suffering

Seeking Justice After a Loved One’s Death

Distracted driving accidents are often fatal. If your loved one was killed in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to take legal action on his or her behalf. A wrongful death claim may allow you to recover financial compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income and/or financial support, loss of your loved one’s services, lost inheritance, and more. You may be entitled to compensation for your own mental pain and suffering as well.

Contact Our Harris County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were a victim of a distracted driving accident, contact the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec for help taking legal action. For a free consultation, call our Harris County personal injury attorneys at  281-643-2000.

 

Sources:

https://www.zendrive.com/data-studies/2018-distracted-driving-snapshot-distracted-driving-is-100-times-worse-than-though

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Out-of-Control-Distracted-drivers-pile-up-the-13396020.php

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