Texting While Driving Accident Lawyers
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our texting while driving accident lawyers are here to help victims injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers. Texas law prohibits drivers from reading, writing, or sending an electronic message on a mobile/cellular device unless the vehicle is at a complete stop. If you have been the victim of a texting and driving accident, call us for a free consultation at 1-800-298-0111.
What Are the Texting While Driving Accident Statistics in Texas?
In 2019, there were 97,853 auto collisions caused by driver distraction, inattention, or cell phone use according to TxDOT. This is up from 95,572 a year prior. This resulted in the death of 378 people in Texas and another 2500 serious injuries. Thus, texting while driving is a major cause of automobile accidents in Texas.
Texting and Driving – It’s Not Just Kids
When people think of individuals who text and drive, they typically think of teenagers being the culprit. The reality is that cell phone use and texting while driving is an epidemic not limited to just teens. Distracted driving is a problem among young drivers, older drivers, and even commercial motor vehicle operators.
Due to the ever-increasing problem of accidents due to driver distraction from texting and other cell phone use, while driving, it is illegal in the State of Texas to send an electronic message on a cellular device while operating a motor vehicle unless it is hands-free or the vehicle is not moving. While the criminal fine, if you get caught, is not substantial, you could find yourself charged with manslaughter if you get into a wreck while texting and driving and negligently cause the death of someone in your vehicle or another vehicle.
It’s Not Just Talking and Texting Anymore
As smartphones get more and more advanced, it seems as though drivers get dumber. It’s not just talking and texting that can be a distraction anymore. Any of the following cell phone uses can also be a problem:
- sending and responding to an email
- watching videos
- checking Facebook, tweeting or other social media
- reading online
- searching for music.
All of the above actions take a driver’s focus off the road reducing awareness and reaction time.
Drivers have a duty to maintain a proper lookout at all times while operating a motor vehicle. It only takes a split second for an accident to occur. If you believe you have been the victim of a texting and driving accident, call Simmons and Fletcher today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical impairment, pain and suffering, scarring, and even punitive damages. If you cannot come to us, we will send someone to you. Our attorneys are here to help those injured by distracted drivers. Call 1-800-298-0111 for your free consultation.