Distracted Driver Accidents Involving Texting on a Cell Phone
The victim was helpless to do anything as the other car veered over the centerline into her lane. The driver who caused the violent head-on collision was not only speeding at 70 mph but admitted that she had been text messaging on her phone before the crash. This is the epitome of needless danger.
Austin Texting While Driving Accident Attorneys
Study after study has shown that texting and cell phone use divert a driver's attention and increase reaction times in a crash situation. Yet some drivers ignore the endless warnings and continue to engage in this high-risk activity with disastrous results.
The law firm of Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., has represented victims of texting driver accidents and families who lost loved ones because some driver could not refrain from text messaging long enough to drive from point A to point B. Our Austin legal team handles personal injury accident and wrongful death litigation in Travis County, Williamson County and throughout Central Texas.
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Texting While Driving: A Dangerous Addiction
- Drivers using a cell phone, handheld or hands-free, while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a crash.
- The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tracked actual truck drivers for 18 months and concluded that a texting trucker is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. A follow-up study by the University of Utah on a sophisticated traffic simulator concluded that texting while driving increases the crash risk at least eightfold.
- In the moments before a crash or near crash, a texting driver looks away from the road for up to five seconds at a time. At highway speed, a car travels the length of a football field in that span.
- More than 75 percent of teenage drivers have cell phones. Nearly half of young drivers (ages 16 to 24) say they have texted while driving.
Under Texas law, teen drivers cannot text or talk on a cellphone while driving during the first 12 months after they get their license. Otherwise, texting while driving is still legal in Texas except in school zones. Nonetheless, drivers can still be found negligent in a personal injury lawsuit if their distraction is shown to be a primary or significant factor in the crash.
Despite public safety campaigns and specific bans on texting while driving in other states, the number of texting-related accidents has not yet decreased much. Texting drivers are unapologetic about their risky activity — until they injure or kill another person.
Central Texas Texting Driver and Distracted Driver Law Firm
At Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we work hard to make those drivers accountable for their inexcusable actions. We know that texting-related accidents tend to be serious accidents: head-on, rear-end or T-bone collisions at high speed. Distracted drivers often do not hit the brakes before impact.
You can rely on our lawyers and staff to pursue full compensation for medical bills and future care, lost earnings, permanent disability, and the personal pain and suffering. Call 512-472-0404 or toll free at 877-472-0404 or contact us for a free initial consultation.
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