Distracted driving is a leading cause of serious traffic accidents in the Austin area. If you are a victim, get the help you need today from an Austin distracted driving lawyer who can help you seek justice and compensation.
We all know that distracted driving is dangerous. Yet, how many times do we see people driving and texting or driving and calling on a cell phone? The behavior is everywhere, it seems, and if you’re in an accident, you want the right Austin distracted driving lawyer on your side.
In Texas, the law prohibits texting while driving. But distracted driving includes more than just texting. Distracted driving is anything that takes your mind away from the task at hand, driving. It can include such things as eating, sightseeing while driving, putting on makeup, adjusting a radio or other sound system in a vehicle, or concentrating on a conversation, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.
According to the Texas Department of Insurance, distracted driving leads to over 390,000 injuries and over 3,000 fatalities every year in the United States. The level of risk of an accident increases with the level of distractedness involved in the task. Cell phone use involves a high level of distractedness and a high level of risk of an accident. 27% of accidents on the road involve distractedness from cell phone use.
We forget how devastating the consequences can be in a traffic accident that involves distracted driving. Distracted driving slows reaction time. That equates to more serious accidents. If a driver fails to see another car, the driver also fails to apply their brakes or applies them too late to avoid a serious impact resulting in more serious injuries.
Injuries may range from soft tissue whiplash to death, depending on speed and point of impact. These injuries may include fractures, spinal cord injuries, and closed head traumatic injuries. The victim may suffer the loss of limbs or amputation in some circumstances.
The faster the speed at impact, the more likelihood of serious injury to those in the impacted vehicle. It does not take much speed at impact to cause a serious outcome. If the distracted driver is traveling at 25 mph and fails to decelerate, that force is enough to cause another person to suffer serious injury or death.
Any of these injuries will cause a victim to suffer pain and suffering. Medical expenses may be overwhelming, and the road to recovery may be long. Depending on the injury, a victim may be unable to work for a protracted period.
Evidence of distracted driving may be corroborated by others in your vehicle. If another person was using a cell phone at the time of the accident, it may be possible for your attorney to obtain the time and date stamp of the electronic communication. Your Austin distracted driving accident lawyer can tell you more about what evidence may be needed and how to obtain that evidence.
If you have been injured because of distracted driving, you will need the help of an experienced driving distracted accident lawyer to help you prove your case and get the compensation you need and deserve. Our skilled team is here to help you. To find out more, please call today at (512) 872-4584 or contact us online for more information.
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