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Comal County Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer

San Antonio distracted driving accident injury attorney

Car Wreck Law Firm Serving Injury Victims of Distracted Drivers in Guadalupe County and Hays County

Distracted driving does not always get the same level of attention as drunk driving, but it can be every bit as dangerous and deadly. In Texas, distracted driving is a factor in almost 100,000 auto accidents each year, with well over 500 distracted driving accidents each just in Hays and Guadalupe Counties. Recent statewide statistics show around 400 annual fatalities and 2,400 serious injuries resulting from these accidents.

Distracted driving offenders can face misdemeanor and even felony charges in a criminal trial, but if you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you need to file a civil case in order to receive compensation. Our New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney can help throughout the legal process to give you the best chance of getting the financial assistance you need.

What Qualifies as Distracted Driving in Texas?

Distracted driving can be anything that takes the driver's eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel, or mind off of the task at hand. Texting while driving is often the first example that comes to mind, and Texas law does explicitly prohibit this behavior along with similar mobile phone activities like using email, social media, photo messaging, and video chat. However, it is far from the only example of distracted driving. Others include:

  • Voice calling on a cell phone
  • Checking GPS
  • Adjusting the radio and other console controls
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Personal grooming
  • Talking to a passenger
  • Taking eyes off of the road due to a visual distraction

Any of these behaviors can cause drivers to lose focus for five seconds or longer, during which time they may drift into another lane, run a red light, fail to brake in time, or otherwise cause an accident. This is considered negligent behavior, and therefore anyone who is injured as a result has grounds to seek compensation.

Distracted driving can also be a factor in truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration restricts commercial drivers from handheld cell phone or mobile device use of any kind while driving, so if a truck driver failed to follow these regulations and caused your accident you may be able to seek compensation from both the driver and the trucking company that employs the driver.

Our San Marcos Car Crash Attorney Can Help

With over 20 years of experience representing personal injury and wrongful death clients, we are well-equipped to handle your distracted driving case no matter how severe. We provide a free consultation to help you decide how to proceed and identify all compensation for which you may be eligible, including both economic damages such as medical, vehicle, rental car, and living expenses, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.

We can also help with the often difficult process of proving that the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident. By gathering evidence like the driver's phone records, camera footage of the accident, and expert witness testimony, we help you build the strongest possible case when making your claim.

After filing your claim, we represent you in negotiations with the liable parties' insurance companies and combat their efforts to minimize payouts. We strive to reach a full and fair settlement before going to trial, but our legal team also has the courtroom experience to present a strong case for you at trial if that becomes necessary.

Contact our New Braunfels and Seguin Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving in Comal, Hays, or Guadalupe County, contact us 24/7 at 830-201-3515 to request a free consultation. We serve local clients throughout New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Maxwell, Redwood, Martindale, Staples, New Berlin, and the surrounding area.

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