Distracted Driving Accidents
Have you been involved in an auto accident that was caused by a distracted driver? You should consult a Fort Worth distracted driving accident lawyer. Attorney Bill Berenson is a car accident lawyer who has over 36 years of experience protecting the rights of injured Texans. As a lawyer Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for the past 20 years, Mr. Berenson has the know how to skillfully and successfully help you navigate the legal system in seeking damages for your injuries.Distracted Drivers in the Fort Worth Area
When the State of Texas issues a driver’s license to an individual, that person implicitly agrees to operate their vehicle in a responsible and conscientious manner to ensure the safety of other people who use the road. However, with the presence of so many modern conveniences like cell phones, distracted driving has become more common in recent years. When a driver takes their attention away from the road, the chance of a serious accident increases dramatically.
There are many ways that a driver can become distracted and cause an accident. For instance, each of the following activities, if performed while driving a car, can distract a driver from what is going on around them:
- Eating or drinking;
- Talking to a passenger;
- Changing the music;
- Reading or writing;
- Entering a destination on a GPS system;
- Shaving, applying make-up, or other grooming;
- Talking on the phone; and
- Paying attention to a child in the back seat.
By taking their attention away from the road, a driver violates their duty to drive carefully. If they cause an accident while distracted, the innocent victim whom they hit has a right to seek compensation for the damages and injuries caused by the accident. The assistance of a distracted driving accident lawyer in Fort Worth may be critical in this situation.Texting While Driving
Of all the distractions out there, texting while driving is one of the most common and dangerous. By choosing to take their attention (and eyes) away from the road, a driver creates an especially hazardous situation.
The Texas Legislature recognizes this fact, and has made cell phone use illegal in some situations:
- School zones: No cell phone use of any kind is permitted in Texas school zones.
- Minor drivers: Texas minors are not permitted to use cell phones at all until they are 18 and also for the first six months after they get their learner’s permits.
- Commercial bus drivers: Bus drivers are not permitted to use cell phones at all while driving while in Texas.
Each of these infractions is a “primary offense,” meaning that a police officer can pull over and cite a driver for texting, even if there is no other offense being committed at the time.Have You Been Involved in an Accident in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area?
If you have been involved in a car accident in the Metroplex area, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney immediately. If the other driver was distracted at the time of the accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Speak with an experienced Fort Worth distracted driving accident attorney today to find out what rights you have.
Attorney Bill Berenson is an experienced personal injury attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Along with his talented staff, Mr. Berenson will do everything to help you get a fair award or settlement offer for your distracted driving accident claim. Contact the Law Offices of William K. Berenson online, or call us at 817-855-8000 or toll-free at 1-888-801-8585 today to set up your no-cost consultation with a distracted driving accident attorney in Fort Worth.