Houston Texting and Driving Attorney

Texting behind the wheel is dangerous. It is a leading cause of accidents nationwide; and, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), texting and other distractions are responsible for more than 100,000 crashes in the state each year. While texting and driving is not illegal in Texas (although legislation was proposed in early 2017), it is negligent, and individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones in texting-related accidents in Texas are entitled to speak with a Houston texting and driving attorney and seek just compensation.

Just how bad is the problem? According to TDOT, more than one in five drivers admit to reading or sending text messages behind the wheel. In the time it takes to read an average text message, a vehicle traveling at highway speeds can go the length of an entire football stadium without the driver looking at the road.

Seeking Justice After Texting and Driving Accidents in Houston

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we are committed to aiding in the fight against distracted driving. We aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of victims of texting drivers, pursuing insurance settlements and trial verdicts that fairly compensate our clients for all of their accident-related losses. Our Houston texting and driving attorneys are skilled negotiators and litigators who know what is at stake for accident victims and their families. If you have a claim, you can rest assured that we will not stop fighting until you have recovered the compensation you deserve.

Texting and Driving Facts and Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes distracted driving statistics and a list of state texting-while-driving laws on its website, Distraction.gov. The website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the dangers of texting and driving as well. Here are some of the key facts pertaining to the prevalence and dangers of texting behind the wheel:

  • Every month, Americans send close to two billion text messages
  • In recent years, the rate of texting while driving has been on the rise
  • Texting involves all three of the primary forms of distraction that lead to an increased risk of accidents: visual, manual and cognitive
  • Among high school students, the rate of texting while driving is more than double the national average – in a study, more than 40 percent reported sending a text or email behind the wheel within the past 30 days

Damages Available to Victims of Texting and Driving Accidents in Texas

For individuals who have been injured in texting-related accidents, the types of compensation that are available include coverage for medical expenses (past and future), loss of income (past and future), pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of services and support, and loss of enjoyment of life. Families who have lost loved ones can seek compensation for their family members’ medical expenses and suffering prior to death, as well as their own financial and non-financial losses. To learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to recover, speak with a Houston car accident lawyer experienced in distracted driving cases.

Free Consultation with a Houston Texting and Driving Lawyer

Morrow & Sheppard LLP is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm that has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for its clients. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your rights after a texting and driving accident in the Houston area, call us at (713) 489-1206 or request an appointment online today.

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