Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in Laredo - Our Law Firm Serves Victims and Families
Cell phones, GPS systems, music players and other mobile devices are designed to make life easier for people on-the-go. But when drivers choose to use these devices while behind the wheel, they put others at immediate risk. Our distracted driving attorney in Laredo knows car accidents involving distracted drivers have become all-too-common in Laredo and across Texas.
At the Law Office of John R. Solis, we're familiar with how and why distracted driving accidents occur. It could simply be a driver who took his or her eyes off the road for a few seconds to program a GPS to get to Mall de Norte. A teenager or young adult may have texted and driven many times before causing an accident. If you or a loved one was injured by a distracted driver, contact us for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
A closer look at distracted driving in Texas
According to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 460 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving accidents in 2013. Statewide, more than 86,000 accidents were linked to driver inattention in 2013 and an additional 3,430 were directly caused by cell phone use. In Webb County, four people died in 2013 in distracted driving accidents, and there were 430 distracted driving accidents that year. However, this data reflects only on drivers who reported as having indicated so at the time of the crash. Unfortunately, many drivers may be afraid or unwilling to admit they were at fault for their accident.
What are other causes of distracted driving accidents in Texas? A potential list of causes is long and distressing, including the following:
- Talking to passengers
Drivers in Texas know better than to text and drive. But while educational efforts to crack down on the dangerous practice reach Texas drivers every day, people still choose to take their eyes off the road to send and receive text messages while behind the wheel. A texting driver may fail to notice a car, truck or motorcycle stopped in front of them. The driver might be paying more attention to her phone than a red light at a busy intersection.
At the Law Office of John R. Solis, we understand how difficult life can become after an accident with a texting driver. Recent studies show texting drivers are up to 23 times more likely to cause an accident than drivers who aren't. Without warning, you may find your life turned upside-down because a driver was more concerned with his cell phone than the safety of other drivers.
Every texting and cell-phone related accident is unique. Technological advances allow cell phone users to manipulate their phones in a variety of different ways. In addition to sending and receiving text messages, drivers are able to access the internet, check their email, post to social media websites, and to take and upload photos. Many drivers may have texted and driven numerous times before being involved in an accident.
We understand your accident might not have been your fault. We also understand that Texas law surrounding the act of texting while driving is complex. While texting and driving is banned for bus drivers, intermediate drivers, and in school zones, there is no statewide law prohibiting all motorists from texting while driving. We know how to prove fault in a texting accident. We can obtain cell phone records. We know how to help.
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Talking on Cellphone
When driving in Laredo or anywhere else in Texas, chances are you've noticed a driver who has one hand on the wheel and the other on his or her cell phone. Talking on a cell phone is a dangerous practice that takes a driver's attention away from the road and can lead to a serious car accident. However, just because it's unsafe doesn't mean Texas drivers are willing to put down their phones while driving.
At the Law Office of John R. Solis, we're familiar with Texas law surrounding cell phone use among drivers. It is legal for drivers of non-commercial vehicles in Texas to use their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. But they can be liable if they cause an accident.
A serious cell phone-related car accident can result in years of physical, emotional financial hardship. If you've done nothing to cause your accident, you shouldn't have to pay for somebody else's mistake. That's why we're here. We know how to find evidence others may overlook. We have access to medical experts who can help support your accident claim. We know how to take on insurance companies that may try to keep your compensation to a minimum after an accident.
Contact an experienced attorney today
Don't wait a minute longer. Contact the Law Office of John R. Solis today to discuss your legal options with an experienced distracted driving accident lawyer in Laredo. A delay may affect your rights. Call 866-465-9093 for a free case consultation. Our firm proudly serves the needs of English and Spanish speaking clients in Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.
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