Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys in Houston, TX
A lawyer you can trust to fight for your legal rights
They’re a menace on roads throughout Harris County: distracted drivers. Motorists have a responsibility under Texas law to look where they’re going, but too many fail to do so. When that happens, others can be seriously injured. The Houston distracted driving lawyers at Smith & Hassler, Attorneys at Law stand up for victims.
Understanding the types of distracted driving
Distracted driving, broadly speaking, is any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the road. There are three general types of distracted driving:
- Visual (driver’s eyes off the road)
- Manual (driver’s hands off the wheel)
- Cognitive (driver’s brain is distracted)
Texting while driving is the most infamous form of distracted driving, and for good reason: it checks off all three of those boxes. While a driver is looking at a phone screen, his or her eyes are not focused on the road. At least one hand is off the wheel. The driver’s mind is also distracted, both while sending the text and, crucially, for a minute or two afterward. That’s why Texas has banned texting and driving – and why the safest thing to do if you have to send a text is to pull over, send it, and take a few moments to re-focus your mind before you get back on the road.
Texting is not the only form of distracted driving. We’ve represented people who were in car accidents caused by drivers who were talking on cell phones, arguing with passengers, eating or grooming behind the wheel. Literal drinking and driving can be dangerous, even if the beverage in question is water or coffee instead of alcohol. Even something as simple as adjusting the radio can cause a momentary distraction that’s enough to hit someone else.
Distracted drivers most often cause rear-end accidents, but it’s not unusual for them to run a red light and T-bone someone, or even drift into the oncoming lane and cause a head-on collision. Too often, the victims of distracted driving are vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. When you’re injured, the fight is just beginning. The insurance company will do anything they can to reduce or deny your claim. We fight back.
Get a Houston distracted driving accident attorney on your side today
When you’re hit by a distracted driver, the first thing you should do is seek medical help. Then, contact us. We know how to investigate, find proof that the driver who hit you was distracted and demand the full and fair compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will fight for you in negotiations and, if necessary, at trial – while you just focus on getting better.
Schedule your free consultation with a distracted driving accident attorney today. We’re based in Houston and proudly serve accident victims throughout Texas. Remember, it costs you nothing to meet with an attorney, and there’s no fee unless and until we win your case. Give us a call to get straight answers about your legal rights and get your case moving forward.