This is the fourth post in our series on Austin car accidents which stem from distracted driving. Our last post discussed how trucking accident cases are impacted by distracted driving. It is important to understand that multiple parties may be liable in such matters and that there is a possibility of punitive damages. This post will focus on another important topic – the need to hire an attorney with the resources necessary to handle a complicated matter. It cannot be stressed enough that you should contact a lawyer immediately if you were harmed by someone who was texting and driving.
It can be difficult to prove that another driver was distracted when they caused an accident. This difficulty stems from one simple fact – many negligent parties will not admit to law enforcement that they were texting, talking on the phone, checking social media, or taking a “selfie” while driving. If the other driver was not cited for such conduct, then it will not be known until later that the defendant was paying attention to something other than the road. Attorneys, fortunately, can use the discovery process to acquire proof of the negligent driver’s conduct. Counsel, for example, can acquire the defendant’s cell phone records. These will show whether the other party was using the phone immediately before the accident. Also, social media accounts can show whether the defendant was posting images before the accident. These are just a few examples of how counsel can build a case that the defendant was driving while distracted.
It is important that Austin residents hire a personal injury attorney with substantial resources after they have been injured in an accident. The discovery process can be complicated and can take a substantial amount of time. The facts of the case may also warrant the hiring of a private investigator. By hiring a firm who will fully litigate the case, you help to ensure that the matter is seen through to completion.
Our Austin distracted driving accident lawyers pride themselves on having substantial resources while providing the personal service of a smaller law office. Dan Christensen is a former prosecutor and military member who has devoted his career to standing up for the rights of victims. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.