Texting While Driving Accidents
Smart phones have made our lives easier and more efficient. Unfortunately, these devices have also made our roads more dangerous. Instead of looking at the road and keeping hands on the steering wheel, drivers are often focused on their phone screens. At any given daylight moment, about 660,000 drivers are texting, surfing the net, using social media or talking on their phones. This careless behavior cost 3,477 lives and caused 391,000 injuries in 2015.
When Berenson Injury Law was founded in 1980, a mobile phone was a rare luxury item that only a handful of people owned. As these devices have grown commonplace, our firm has witnessed firsthand the corresponding increase in serious accidents. Our Texas Board Certified personal injury lawyer focuses exclusively on auto accident recovery and so is able to dedicate our full resources and efforts to this important area of practice. We have refined our processes for investigating and proving distracted driving claims to maximize damages awards.Texas Ban on Texting and Driving
As of September 1, 2017, Texas became the 47th state to ban texting while driving. The legislation prohibits reading and typing text messages and using other forms of electronic communication and social media while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers who engage in this dangerous activity may be charged with a misdemeanor and given a notice to appear. Fines range from $25 to $99 for first-time offenders and increases to up to $200 for a second ticket. Towns and cities throughout the state also have passed stricter regulations that govern cell phone use and texting.
Our dedicated auto accident attorney fought hard for the law that finally made texting and driving illegal in Texas. When the practice was legal, drivers considered texting acceptable, despite the obvious hazards. The statewide texting ban deters many drivers from taking this unnecessary risk. In addition, a citation supports our legal claim against a distracted driver who causes an accident.Investigating Distracted Driving Claims
Our firm aggressively investigates accident claims to determine fault. We look for signs that a driver was texting just prior to a crash. For example, a texting driver might swerve, drift into an adjacent lane or fail to brake. We may also subpoena phone records and witness testimony to learn more about the driver’s behavior in the moments leading up to the accident. A traffic ticket for texting while driving offers solid evidence as to the driver’s negligence or recklessness.
Our assertive pursuit of facts and detailed preparation is instrumental in our effective settlement negotiations with your insurance company and the at-fault driver. In most cases, we are able to persuade opposing counsel to agree to your rightful settlement, and we are ready to take your claim to trial if in your best interest to do so.Hold the Texting Driver Who Injured You Accountable for Damages
Distracted driving crashes are totally preventable if drivers just put the phone away. Berenson Injury Law pursues damages from drivers who instead chose to act negligently. Discuss your claim with our Dallas-Fort Worth accident attorney during a free consultation. Call our office at 817-885-8000 or fill out our online appointment form today. We handle your injury claim on contingency.