Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers
Houston Texting and Driving Attorneys
Texting and driving is a major cause of automobile accidents in Texas. According the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), one out of every five car accidents is caused by distracted driving. In 2013, there were 94,213 auto collisions recorded by TxDOT that were caused by distracted drivers. As of September 1, 2017, Texas drivers are prohibited from reading, writing or sending an electronic message on a mobile/cellular device unless the vehicle is at a complete stop. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our texting and driving accident lawyers are here help victims injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers.
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 now 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.
Robert Simmons Discusses the Problem of Texting and Driving
Here is our founding partner, Robert S. Simmons talking about the epidemic of texting and driving and how dangerous it is:
It’s Not Just Talking and Texting and Driving Anymore
As smart phones 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 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.
Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.
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 texting and driving attorneys are here to help those injured by distracted drivers.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.