Distracted Driving Lawsuits in Houston
Research suggests hundreds of drivers and passengers die in distracted
driving car accidents across the state every year. Other studies show
that one in five car wrecks in the United States involves a distracted
driver. Unlike accidents caused by bad weather or poor road conditions,
texting while driving collisions and injuries are always avoidable.
The Houston personal injury attorney at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland &
Briggs are here to help people like you get the compensation they need
and deserve after a serious car accident. If you’ve been hurt –
by a distracted driver or through the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident
– our legal team can provide the guidance you need.
To learn more, ask us for a
free consultation of your case today.
How to Know if You Have a Case
Personal injury cases are based on negligence. This means the other driver
was not only careless, but his / her carelessness caused your damages
(injuries, emotional damages, missed wages, etc.). If you sustained a
serious injury or other damages in a car accident, you may be able to
seek compensation for your suffering. With the help of a lawyer, you can
prove the other driver is at fault for your injury and seek a fair recovery.
In distracted driving cases, the at-fault driver is the driver who failed
to pay attention and caused the accident.
A “distraction” might be any number of factors, including:
- Texting While Driving
- Applying Makeup
- Talking on the Phone
- Checking Emails
- Using a GPS or Navigation Device
- Adjusting the Radio
- And More
Is Texting While Driving Negligent?
Above all, distracted driving (such as texting while driving) is dangerous
– even fatal. On average, a car traveling 55 miles per hour will coverthe entire length of a football field in the few seconds it takes a driver to read or compose a text message.
By law, a person commits negligence when he / she fails to exercise the
same care another person would implement in the same situation. In many
cases, it is entirely possible to demonstrate that a distracted driver
falls into this category.
Texas Cell Phone Bans and Ordinances
Some cities, including Austin and El Paso, have bans specifically targeting
cell phone use behind the wheel. While other cities do not have these
restrictions, the principle of “negligence” can still apply
to accidents that involve distracted drivers.
Statewide cellphone prohibitions include:
- If you have a learner’s permit, you cannot use a handheld cellphone
while driving for the first 6 months that you drive
- Any driver less than 18 years old cannot use a handheld cellphone while driving
- All drivers are prohibited from using cellphones in school zones, and school
bus drivers can never use cellphones
Contact Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs
With more than 100 years of legal experience, the
Houston car accident lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs know what it takes to fight
for your rights. We’ve helped clients like you since 1992, so get
in touch with us today by
contacting our office and asking for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your claim