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Distracted driving is still a problem in Texas

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

All Dallas residents should by now be aware of the dangers of distracted driving, yet statistics show it continues to be a problem in Texas.

Distracted driving is more than just talking or texting on your cell phone. It is anything that takes your focus off the road and can include talking to a passenger, eating or playing with the radio.

2021 distracted driving data

As recently as 2021, 1 in 5 motor vehicle accidents in Texas were caused by a distracted driver. These accidents resulted in 431 deaths and nearly 3,000 serious injuries.

Texas lawmakers have been trying to combat the problem of distracted driving for years. One of the ways is passing laws related to distracted driving, such as making it illegal to read, write or send a text while driving.

Distracted driving is a form of negligence. Drivers are negligent when they fail in their legal duty to drive safely and reasonably, and that failure causes a car accident, which results in damages.

Your options after a distracted driving accident

Being involved in an accident with a distracted driver can be a nightmare. You might sustain serious injuries, miss work or lose your job and suffer many other negative consequences.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can file a personal injury action to obtain compensation for your damages. However, Texas uses a comparative negligence system.

Comparative negligence

This means that you must prove the other driver was 100% at fault for the accident to receive the total compensation you are asking for. If a court finds that you and the other driver were both 50% at fault, your damages will be reduced by 50%.

This is why having a strong case for negligence is so important. Having the help of an experienced personal injury attorney can increase your chance of successfully proving your case.