Taking one’s eyes off the road to surf the internet or write an email is inherently dangerous. Thankfully, Texas has finally joined the majority of states and outlawed “texting” while driving. Unfortunately, this law was passed only against texting and using a handheld phone for a phone conversation, and not for all the other popular smartphone uses that people recklessly engage in while driving. It is therefore crucial that if you’re involved in an auto accident, even if you have no reason to believe that smartphone use was involved, you immediately engage the services of an experienced car accident attorney.
Personal privacy concerns make it hard to obtain phone and data usage records after an accident, but the best way to do so is to get a personal injury attorney with experience litigating distracted driving cases involved as soon as possible, within days if possible. Online activity leaves digital fingerprints, but if not captured in time by an auto injury attorney, your ability to gather this important evidence and to hold the distracted driver accountable may be lost.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the United States. According to the National Safety Council, people using cell phones while driving leads to more than 1.6 million crashes every year. Likewise, these accidents cause at least 330,000 injuries from texting and driving alone. There are also an estimated 660,000 drivers who attempt to use their phones while operating a vehicle at any given time throughout the day. The new Texas law may help to reduce the serious accidents caused by distracted driving, but if you find yourself a victim of distracted driving, do not wait to contact an experienced auto accident attorney to discuss your rights and protect your interests.