Distracted driving is on the rise throughout the United States. Modern smart phone technology allows people to text, email, surf the internet, and interact on social media while operating a vehicle. Each of these acts may lead to a distracted driver causing an accident. Our goal with this post is to help those in Fort Worth and throughout Texas understand the dangers of distracted and how liability is proven in these cases.
All drivers have a responsibility to act as a reasonably prudent driver would under the same or similar circumstances while on the road. A driver may be sued for negligence when they fail to maintain this standard of care, their failure to do so causes an accident, and the accident leads to an injury. It goes without saying that texting, tweeting, taking photos, or checking email while driving may lead to an accident. Studies have shown that the minimal amount of time that a driver’s attention is taken away from the road while texting is five seconds. Studies have also found that texting while driving makes a crash 23 times more likely. Unfortunately, 77% of young adults are “very” or “somewhat” confident that they can safely text while driving. This conduct can sadly result in a serious injury such as paralysis, a concussion, spinal damage, or even wrongful death.
We cannot stress enough the importance of contacting a personal injury attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been the victim of a distracted driver. The Fort Worth injury attorneys at Noteboom – The Law Firm have been handling serious injury cases for over three decades. In most cases involving a distracted driver, the responsible party will likely deny their conduct. It is important to hire a law firm experienced in these matters that can uncover the necessary evidence to prove the driver’s negligence. Along with our team of accomplished attorneys, we employ an extensive support staff, have our own in-house private investigator, and have the resources necessary to fight for your rights as an injury victim. Contact our office to speak with an attorney. We handle these cases in all Texas counties including Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise as well as Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, and Dallas, and Fort Worth.
Fortunately, in cases involving a driver using their phone while operating their vehicle, the legal process provides tools to prove what really happened. As we discussed in our post on the litigation process in an injury case, we understand how to reveal the truth and obtain justice for our clients. As smart phone use continues to rise in our society, we will continue to take a stand for those harmed by distracted drivers.