Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and extremely common, but unfortunately, people engage in this behavior every day across the United States and the world. Getting into any type of car accident is alarming, but it can be extremely frustrating as you watch your problems grow, knowing that these issues were caused by someone who decided to make such an irresponsible action. Texas has taken legal steps to try to restrict distracted driving by implementing a series of cell phone ordinances, but these steps will never completely eliminate it from happening, and therefore will never eliminate distracted driving accidents.
If you have been involved in a car accident with someone who was driving while distracted, by texting and driving, eating while driving, or any other action that took their attention off the road, contact our car accident lawyers in Houston or Austin to learn about how we can help. Working with an insurance company on your own can be extremely frustrating, especially in situations where their client was obviously at fault for your injuries. The insurance company will do all that they can to push back on admitting responsibility for a variety of issues, and the additional stress of trying to fight for what you need will only complicate your recovery process.
Read more below about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve, and how we can support you through this difficult time in your life as your legal representatives. The sooner you make contact with our firm, the sooner we will be able to make sense of your case and get a better understanding of how to move forward to get you the best results.
What Is Distracted Driving?
These days people generally think of texting while driving when they hear the term “distracted driving,” and while that is an example of it, there are many other situations where someone is engaging in distracted driving that can lead to an accident.
Essentially, distracted driving can either be physically or mentally depending on the behavior that the driver is engaging in. In either, it means that they are taking their attention off of their task of driving safely. Physical distracted driving is when a driver takes their eyes off of the road, whether that is to send a text message, change the radio, dig in the back seat for something, or anything else that physically takes away from their ability to drive safely. Mentally distracted driving happens any time a driver’s mind wanders off of their task of driving and instead focuses on other things that can cause a very unsafe situation for everyone on the road.
Proving a Distracted Driving Accident
As you can imagine, some distracted driving situations are much easier to prove than others. In an instance where a driver is behind you and is daydreaming before rear-ending you, you will not have physical proof that they were not paying attention like you would if you saw them texting. That said, there are many instances where a driver who causes an accident will simply admit that they were distracted, or the circumstances surrounding the collision may make it obvious that they were just not paying attention.
Regardless of what information we gather to prove that this was an accident caused by distracted driving, we will work directly with the responsible driver’s insurance company in order to make our case and get you the money you deserve. Once we are able to establish that it was their client’s fault, we will be able to use this as leverage during negotiations.
The insurance company will make an initial offer that we can expect to be significantly less than the amount that we have calculated on our own. This is to be expected and is simply the start of a period of negotiations. We will work through these negotiations as aggressively as possible, and will only move forward with litigation if we are unable to reach an agreement that makes sense for us. As our client, you will have as much opportunity as you would like to understand what is going on in the process and have a role in many of the decisions that we make as we go through negotiations and ultimately to the Texas courts.
Contact our car accident attorneys Now
The most important step to take in this process is the first step of finding the right personal injury attorney to help you. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation, so that we can speak directly about the situation that you are in, and get an understanding of how we can work together to get you what you need and deserve. Don’t let the stress of this situation pile up on you—partner with our Houston or Austin Car Accident Lawyer now, and we can help you move forward as smoothly as possible.