Distracted driving is an unfortunate but common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Driving requires concentration—taking one’s focus off the road for even a brief second can be dangerous. A driver who is not paying attention may not see that the car in front of them has stopped, a light has turned red, or a pedestrian has begun to cross the street. An accident can occur in an instant, and someone can be seriously injured.
If you were involved in a distracted driving accident, you may have experienced head trauma, back or neck injuries, broken bones, or other forms of harm. You may have been treated in a hospital or will need to undergo months of physical therapy or chiropractic treatments.
The crash may have left you unable to work, either temporarily or permanently. If you are eventually able to return to work, you may not be able to perform the same job anymore. If the company does not have a suitable position available for you, you may have to look for another way to support yourself and your family.
The medical bills may be piling up at an alarming rate, and you may be falling behind on your bills for necessities, such as housing, auto loans, and credit cards. If you have used up your emergency savings, you may be trying to figure out if you should tap into your retirement account or if there is another way to make ends meet.
A San Antonio distracted driving accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to help you address these financial issues. Contact us today at (800)-598-7557 to find out if you have a valid case for a personal injury lawsuit, which can compensate you for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
How Drivers Can Become Distracted
Using a cellphone while behind the wheel is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Talking on a cellphone can easily take a driver’s focus off the road. A motorist who is engaged in a conversation, especially an emotional one, may not pay attention to the actions of other drivers and is more likely to make quick and unexpected actions. For example, if a distracted driver is traveling straight and then suddenly changes lanes to make a turn, they may cause a crash and injure others.
Texting while driving is even more dangerous than talking on a cellphone. A person who is texting must hold the phone and look down at it. Someone who is texting while driving cannot pay attention to the road—therefore, they are a hazard to drivers and passengers in other vehicles as well as pedestrians. A driver who is texting is essentially driving blind and can travel hundreds of feet in a matter of seconds, completely unaware of what is happening on the road.
Drivers can become distracted in many other ways. Changing the radio station, entering an address into a navigation system, eating or drinking, putting on makeup, reaching for an object that fell on the floor, or looking for an item in the back seat or in the glove box can all be dangerous. A person who is looking somewhere other than the road or leaning in an awkward position may be unable to react quickly to any hazards up ahead.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accidents lawyer serving San Antonio, call 800-598-7557
Texas Cell Phone Laws
The City of San Antonio enacted an ordinance in 2014 that prohibits the use of a cellphone to call, send, read, or write a text message or perform any other actions while operating a motor vehicle. A statewide law was also enacted in 2017 that prohibits the use of a wireless communications device for electronic messaging while driving, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today to learn how these laws can help you recover compensation after a distracted driving accident.
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How a San Antonio Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice
If you or a loved one were injured in a distracted driving accident, there are many ways that a San Antonio distracted driving accident lawyer can help you seek justice. Your legal team can review the police report to find out if the driver who hit you received a ticket or a warning for distracted driving, interview anyone who was in the car with you at the time of the crash and speak with eyewitnesses.
If there were any cameras in the area that recorded the collision, such as a nearby business or home, a video may provide valuable evidence that can help us build a case for you. If we can confirm that the driver who hit you was distracted and caused the crash, we may file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to fight for compensation. This may include medical care you have already received, as well as the estimated costs for future care, lost income, and pain and suffering.
In many cases, we can negotiate a settlement with opposing counsel and avoid a long, drawn-out trial. Sometimes a settlement is not possible, or the settlement offer does not adequately cover your current and future expenses. In these instances, a San Antonio distracted driving accident lawyer can go to court on your behalf.
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People who have been hurt in car accidents often know that they are entitled to compensation, but do not seek justice because they are concerned about being able to afford attorney’s fees. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we operate on a contingency basis. If you ask us to file a personal injury lawsuit for you, we will not charge you any upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs. Our firm will only be paid if we obtain a financial award for you.
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003 sets the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits at only two years, so you do not have much time to act. If you do not file your lawsuit before this deadline, you may lose your right to seek compensation.
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