Were You Seriously Injured By A Distracted Driver?
Texans are passionate about preserving personal freedom – even if it’s the freedom to make dangerous choices. That’s why Texas was among the last states in the nation to pass a ban on texting while driving. And it’s why two parts of Texas – Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth – lead the country’s major metropolitan areas in rates of distracted driving.
Dangerous choices come with serious consequences. And sadly, it is often other motorists and pedestrians who pay the price for someone’s decision to text and drive. According to the Texas DOT, there are close to 100,000 car accidents in Texas each year caused by distracted driving, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. Despite knowing how dangerous it is, the behavior only seems to be getting worse.
Our legal practice focuses on helping motor vehicle accident victims recover money for their injuries, vehicle damage, medical expenses, time away from work and other losses. For more than a decade, we have been a trusted resource for the Hispanic community in the area, and we work tirelessly to help our clients seek the compensation they need to pay their bills, fix their property, and get back to living their lives.
Change And Healing Begin With Legal Action
If you or a loved one has been injured (or killed) in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, the at-fault driver may face criminal charges. But the consequences he or she will face are minimal compared to the damage caused, and the criminal justice system will not significantly compensate your family for losses suffered because of the crash.
Therefore, one of the best decisions you can make is to hire an experienced personal injury firm like Perez Collazo Law Firm. We work tirelessly to ensure that you and your family are properly compensated for your injuries and other damages and that the at-fault driver is incentivized to change his or her behavior (hopefully preventing future accidents).
What Counts As Distraction?
Most people think of cellphones as the only driving distraction – and they are perhaps the most common sources of distraction. But drivers can be distracted by many activities, including:
- Eating or drinking
- Putting on makeup
- Changing the radio station or otherwise using the stereo
- Talking to passengers
- Disciplining or focusing too much on children in the backseat
- Daydreaming or just failing to focus on the road
No matter what caused the distraction, inattention can lead to devastating or fatal crashes. Our team will fully investigate the crash to determine its cause and to prove that the other driver was distracted at the time.
Thankfully, in Texas, you can still recover damages if you were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. This is known as “proportionate responsibility.” If the other driver is more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, he or she will be asked to pay the full costs of the jury award minus whatever portion you are deemed responsible for. If the jury decides you were 30 percent at fault, for instance, you could recover 70 percent of the full award.