This is the first post in a series on the handling of distracted driving cases in Austin, Texas. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that injuries stemming from such instances are on the rise. The proliferation of smartphones, while providing many benefits to society, has resulted in an increasing number of instances in which people are driving while paying attention to something other than the road. Proving that one was driving while distracted can be complicated. We, therefore, strongly suggested you retain an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you in such a case.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Subjects we will look at include:
- Proving distracted driving in a car accident case
- How distracted driving impacts trucking accident cases
- Why retaining the right law firm matters in such an instance
These are important topics to address for several reasons. First, proving that a defendant was driving while distracted can require your lawyer to perform detailed discovery, as one is unlikely to admit to such conduct. Second, distracted driving raises many additional issues in trucking accident cases, as truck owners and contracting companies may potentially be liable if they knew about, or did not have sufficient policies preventing, distracted driving. Finally, hiring the right law firm in such a case is important as you will need counsel who knows what steps to take in proving that such conduct occurred.
As we will discuss in a later post, it is almost never in your best interest to accept a “fast settlement” in car accident cases. At first glance,er it may appear that the Plaintiff was partially responsible and that their compensations should be reduced under Texas’ comparative fault laws. It may later be discovered, however, that the defendant was driving while texting and proof of such conduct may establish that the defendant was more to blame than originally believed. This can, in turn, change the amount to which a Plaintiff is entitled. If a quick settlement is accepted, however, then this additional evidence may not be discovered.
If you have been injured by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact our Austin distracted driving lawyers 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.