If a driver does not dedicate his or her full attention to the road, accidents can happen. Operating a motor vehicle takes 100% of a driver’s focus and care. A distracted driver is much more likely to cause preventable accidents, such as rear-end collisions and pedestrian accidents, than a vigilant driver. In 2019, at least 377 people in Texas died due to distracted driving, according to the state Department of Transportation
. If you have injuries or lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident in San Antonio, contact the attorneys at The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. for a free consultation. Call (210) 435-7968
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- We care as much about your future as you do. Aaron A. Herbert got into this business out of a true passion for helping others.
- We have years of experience and the case results to match. You can feel confident in your lawyer’s abilities when you choose The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C.
- We accept San Antonio distracted driving accident cases on a contingency fee basis. You will not have to pay your attorney for representation if he or she does not win your case.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving refers to someone operating a motor vehicle without 100% of his or her attention on the task at hand. It can refer to a driver who is not looking at the road (visual distractions), mentally thinking about something else (cognitive distractions) or driving without both hands on the wheel (manual distractions). Texting is the deadliest driver distraction because it represents all three types. Many different things can be dangerous distractions for a driver, however.
- Food and drink
- Car accidents
Driver distractions can be external (outside the vehicle) or internal (inside the vehicle). All types of distractions are dangerous and increase the odds of a driver causing a car accident. You have the right to bring a claim against a driver you believe was distracted at the time of your collision. If you or your lawyer can prove driver distraction, that driver may have to pay for your damages.
Is Distracted Driving Illegal in Texas?
Although Texas does not have a law specifically banning distracted driving, it does have a cellphone statute. This law prohibits electronic messaging, such as sending texts or emails, while driving. It also bans drivers under the age of 18 from using cellphones for other reasons, such as to make calls, with an exception for emergencies. The State of Texas also prohibits reckless driving. If a distraction leads to reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding or running a red light, the driver could receive a traffic ticket.
What Are Your Rights After a Distracted Driving Accident?
When a driver’s distraction causes a car accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company will have to pay for the victim’s damages. It will be up to you to seek these damages out by filing an insurance claim. File your claim as soon as possible after your accident. Then, contact an attorney
for assistance holding the distracted driver accountable. The insurance company may request proof of driver distraction, such as photographs of food wrappers in the driver’s front seat or a traffic citation for reckless driving. A lawyer can help you gather any available evidence and force the insurance company to offer a fair settlement.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation in San Antonio, TX
A distracted driver could take many things away from you, including your peace of mind, wellbeing and financial security. A lawyer from The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. can help you get it back. Our attorneys are passionate about helping injured car accident victims in San Antonio and throughout Texas – especially in the face of serious negligence such as distracted driving. If you were hurt or a loved one died in a distracted driving accident, call (210) 435-7968
now for a free consultation with our car accident lawyers.