By far, distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States. This is especially saddening because nearly all of these collisions are preventable. This is why it’s important to always focus on the task of safe driving every time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Are you a Texan driver? If so, you might have wondered about what could happen if you get injured in a car accident. No need to worry because our knowledgeable law firm has all the answers you need! Continue reading to learn more about the facts and about how you can prevent future distracted driving crashes. Feel free to reach out to a Corpus Christi, Texas Auto Accident Lawyer for individualized legal counseling.
HOW MANY CAR ACCIDENTS PER YEAR ARE DUE TO DISTRACTED DRIVING?
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently studied traffic patterns and auto accidents in the United States. The NHTSA found that in the year 2020 alone:
- There were over 3,000 fatalities from accidents caused by distracted driving
- Car collisions caused by distracted driving led to over 300,000 injuries
- Distracted driving fatalities make up about 8 percent of all car crash fatalities
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON EXAMPLES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING?
- Sending a text message or email
- Browsing the Internet
- Talking on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Focusing on a navigation system
- Changing or selecting music
- Playing a mobile game
- Using other electronic devices
- Interacting with other passengers
IS DISTRACTED DRIVING ILLEGAL?
Most states have banned drivers from specifically texting and driving, and some have prohibited talking on a cell phone while driving too. There are even some states that have banned the usage of any electronic device while driving. Texas laws prohibit texting and driving in our state. Some specific cities in Texas have laws banning all cell phone usage when behind the wheel.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION?
Texas is an at-fault state for auto accidents. This means that the driver that caused the accident will be liable for almost all of the damages. However, the at-fault driver’s insurance isn’t always enough to cover all the expenses. You might also be eligible to file a personal injury claim for further restitution.
If you’ve recently been injured in a preventable auto collision caused by a distracted driver, you deserve a trustworthy personal injury attorney who can fight for your best interests. Thankfully, Sahadi Legal Group is on your side every step of the way! Contact our highly experienced team today for an initial consultation.