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Distracted driving is a growing problem in Austin and elsewhere. The use of smartphones to text, tweet, and update social media accounts while driving is, unfortunately, leading to an increased number of accidents. Many people think that texting and driving is no big deal, as they engage in such conduct regularly. The truth, however, is that it only takes one mishap to change someone’s life forever.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, it’s imperative that you contact a motor vehicle crash attorney right away. Distracted driving accidents can cause severe injuries and financial loss. Our expert Austin distracted driving accident lawyers are ready to help you pursue compensation from negligent parties. We know how to deal with predatory insurance companies and will fight to get you maximum compensation.

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    Injured in a Crash Due to a Distracted Driver?

    Types of Distractions

    Anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road is considered a distraction. These distractions can be categorized into three main types:

    • Visual distractions – Distractions that cause a driver’s eyes to leave the road.
      • Examples include:
        • Looking at a phone screen
        • Looking at a GPS
        • Using the vanity mirror to check one’s appearance
    • Manual distractions – Distractions involving a driver’s hands, leaving them unable to control the vehicle fully.
      • Examples include:
        • Texting
        • Adjusting the radio
        • Eating and drinking
    • Cognitive distractions – Distractions that take a driver’s mind off the road. 
      • Examples include:
        • Daydreaming
        • Listening to music too loudly
        • Having a conversation with other people in the car

    Let Our Attorneys Help You Get Justice after a Distracted Driving Accident

    State law requires that drivers refrain from operating a vehicle while distracted. A driver violates this obligation when they operate their car by sending a text, sending a tweet, updating Facebook, taking a selfie, or talking on the phone. If such conduct results in an accident, then the victim may recover for their injuries so long as they were not more at fault than the other driver. 

    In these cases, it may be necessary to obtain the defendant driver’s cell phone records to show which type of distraction they were engaging in at the time of the accident. If a trial is necessary, then such records may be presented to the jury to prove the defendant’s negligence. Retaining an attorney to assist you with this process is crucial.

    In a distracted driving case, our team of expert attorneys will immediately obtain the police reports as well as any other available evidence. 

    If the insurance company is reluctant to reach a settlement or offers an inadequate amount, we will file initiate civil litigation on your behalf and fight for maximum compensation.

    We will then use discovery process to gain cell phone records, social media information, and other evidence establishing the type of distraction the defendant driver was engaging in. We will aggressively represent you at trial and take steps to ensure that you are prepared for each step of the process.

    We understand that you are facing a serious situation; distracted driving can result in injuries such as paralysis, spinal damage, head injuries, or even wrongful death. Our office will focus on your case so you can focus on getting your life back on track. 

    Get in Touch with Our Austin Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Today

    Being involved in a collision with a distracted driver can have catastrophic consequences, as many of these accidents occur at high speeds. If you were injured by a distracted driver, legal help is available at our firm. Reach out to one of our well-practiced Austin distracted driving attorneys for assistance with filing a legal claim for compensation.

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    Distracted Driving FAQs

    What is the definition of distracted driving?

    Distracted driving happens when a driver engages in any activity that may cause distraction or takes their focus, eyes, or mental concentration off the task of driving. Common types of distracted driving include texting and driving, eating while driving, driving while intoxicated.

    How to prevent distracted driving?

    To prevent distracted driving, you need to limit all unnecessary activities in the car. For example, you can turn off your phone or put it in the glove compartment, lower the volume of your radio, and call a cab or car service if you’ve been drinking. If you absolutely need to take care of a non-driving related task while in the car, pull over and park.

    How many accidents are caused by distracted driving?

    Each year, distracted drivers cause about 2.5 million car accidents. Additionally, the CDC estimates that up to 9 people are killed due to distracted driving accidents every day.

    Which is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving?

    By sheer volume of accidents alone, texting while driving is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving. Each year texting while driving is the cause of over 330,000 accidents. Texting while driving takes drivers’ eyes off of the road and their hands off the wheel, as well as causing a cognitive distraction.

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