Distracted Driver Accidents in Austin
Passionate Representation for Those Injured by Irresponsible Drivers
We are a nation of multitaskers. However, there are times when the primary task is the only one that should get our attention. One of those times is when driving. Unfortunately, distracted driving is one of the most common and deadly acts of negligence a driver can commit. In a matter of seconds, a driver's glance at a text message can have devastating consequences. At the Law Offices of Jay Doyle, P.C., we have heard tragic stories from victims of distracted drivers, and we have helped many in Texas seek just compensation for the pain and loss they suffered.
What is Distracted Driving in Texas?
Anything that takes a driver's attention from driving is a distraction. You are probably most familiar with texting and the use of cellular devices as a form of distraction. However, just because the driver who caused your injuries did not have a cellphone in hand does not mean distraction was not involved.
Drivers can be negligent by performing any of these actions behind the wheel:
- Texting while driving
- Eating, drinking, and smoking while driving
- Grooming behind the wheel of a car
- Talking or carrying on with others in the vehicle
- Allowing pets to ride on their laps
- Paying attention to objects, people, or events outside the car
- Seeking a song from a playlist or using the radio tuner
- Programming a navigational device
- Using any of the infotainment options included in newer cars
Even options that are voice activated or require minimal touch may still take a driver's eyes, mind and hands from the task of controlling the vehicle. In fact, a negligent driver can allow his or her own thoughts or emotions to become a dangerous distraction.
What is Texas' Distracted Driving Law?
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drivers in Texas are not allowed to send or received electronic messages (i.e. texts) while driving. This includes using wireless devices to send or receive texts. In addition, certain areas of Texas have passed more restrictive laws regarding texting and driving, so the rules may vary depending on which area of the state you are in.
For Example: Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, and many other cities have also passed "hands-free" laws which prohibit drivers from using their phones at all while driving, but still allow drivers to use wireless or hands-free communication devices.
Texting and Driving in Texas Statistics:
According to data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2018 over 18% (95,572) of motor vehicle crashes in Texas were caused by distracted driving. These accidents resulted in 394 deaths and 2,340 serious injuries.
Reach Out to an Experienced Austin Car Accident Attorney for Assistance
Despite the increase in public service announcements, ad campaigns, and new laws designed to reduce distractions behind the wheel, drivers continue to ignore the safety of others on the road. Attorney Jay Doyle knows how much tragedy a moment of inattention can bring. He is dedicated to helping accident victims of Austin seek compensation for their injuries.By calling (512) 300-0873 or using our online contact form , you can schedule a free case evaluation concerning your distracted driving accident. Allow Jay to put his 40 years of experience to work for you.
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