Dallas Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer
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Texting while driving has become one of the most common causes of car accidents in the country. It’s no surprise. When drivers read, write or respond to a text message, they take their eyes off the road. It might feel like only a second or two. But in those brief moments, texting drivers can easily cause a serious car accident that leaves people severely injured or worse.
Knowing what to do after a texting while driving accident can be confusing. You might not even realize exactly what legal options are available. That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced attorney right away. That’s why we want to help.
For more than two decades, the Dallas car accident lawyers at The Marye Law Firm have been helping injury victims demand the compensation they rightfully deserve. As a result, we know how the legal system works when it comes to car accidents. We’re familiar with the latest texting laws in Texas. More importantly, we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to build a strong legal case. You can count on us when it matters most.
How common are texting while driving accidents?
Even though most states have strict laws banning texting while driving, accidents caused by texting drivers continue to be a serious problem. Each year, texting drivers cause an estimated 30,000 car accidents, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That’s one crash every 17 minutes and 31 seconds due to a texting driver.
Here's another terrifying texting while driving statistic. At any given moment, an estimated 660,000 people are texting while driving somewhere in the country. And when drivers text or read a text, they’re 20 times more likely to be involved in a car accident, according to a study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Is texting while driving against the law in Texas?
Yes. It is illegal for all drivers to read, write or respond to a texting message while driving in Texas. Younger drivers under 18 years old are also prohibited from using any handheld electronic devices (including cellphones) while driving, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The same, strict cellphone ban for drivers also applies to drivers with a learner’s permit during their first six months of driving – no cellphones are allowed in any form while driving.
Other cellphone restrictions for drivers in Texas:
- No handheld electronic devices can be used by drivers when in a school zone.
- School bus drivers cannot use a cellphone while driving if children are on the bus.
Certain cities in Texas also have additional laws banning cellphone use. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer who fully understands Texas’ texting laws if you’re injured in a crash caused by a texting driver.
How do you prove texting and driving?
You might think your case would be straightforward if a texting driver clearly caused your accident. Unfortunately, that’s not often the case. Many times, a texting driver will deny they were on their phone at the time of the crash. They might even try to claim that you somehow caused the collision.
So how do you prove that the at-fault driver was texting while driving? Your lawyer can gather a wide range of evidence in support of your injury claim or lawsuit seeking damages, a legal term for financial compensation. Such evidence can include:
- Cellphone records for the at-fault driver, proving that the driver was sending a text or using their phone at the time of the crash.
- Traffic camera footage of the driver using a cellphone at the time of the accident.
- Eyewitnesses who saw the accident and observed the other driver using their phone at the time of the crash.
- Statements made by the driver to the police or other people at the crash site.
- Your official Texas car accident report might also include evidence that the driver was texting while driving.
Details matter. Experienced car accident attorneys know this. That’s why you need a lawyer who can carefully investigate your crash and find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case.
Make your case matter. Contact The Marye Law Firm
The clock is running after your texting while driving accident. In Texas, you only have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit or take other legal action. This is due to the state’s statute of limitations laws.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity for justice. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with a Dallas car accident lawyer you can count on after your texting accident. One of our attorneys can personally handle your case and make sure your crash gets the attention it rightfully deserves.
The Marye Law Firm – we’re serious about winning your case.