Texting and Driving Accidents
In 2017, Texas joined the growing list of states that have outlawed texting behind the wheel. As of September 1, 2017, “reading, writing, or sending electronic messages,” while driving is against the law (with certain limited exceptions), and drivers who are arrested for texting can face fines and other penalties.
Texas’s texting ban is designed to address an issue that has been well-known for a long time: Texting behind the wheel is extremely dangerous. Distracted driving is responsible for hundreds of thousands of accidents every year, and texting is among the leading causes of distracted driving collisions.
But, while the law prohibiting texting and driving may be new, the law entitling victims to financial compensation is not. Distracted driving is negligent driving, and individuals who choose to send and read text messages instead of looking at the road deserve to be held accountable. At Ronald A. Ramos Law Office, we have years of experience representing victims of texting-and-driving accidents. If you were seriously injured or a loved one was killed because someone else made the poor decision to text and drive, we can help you seek a maximum insurance settlement. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to settle, attorney Ronald A. Ramos will take them to trial.5 Key Facts about Texting and Driving Accidents
Even if the Driver Who Hit You Was Texting Legally, You Could Still Be Entitled to Compensation
Texas’s texting ban has been criticized for allowing texting under certain circumstances, such as in the event of an emergency (although an “emergency” is not defined) and for certain business purposes. However, even if you are hit by a driver who was texting legally, you can still seek financial compensation. Also, keep in mind that while Texas’s new law does not address activities such as looking up directions or using a web browser, these are still dangerous distractions that can entitle you to a financial recovery.
Texting, Emailing, and Using Social Media are Equal Under the Law
For purposes of car accident compensation, texting, emailing, and using social media are treated the same. They are all dangerous driving distractions, and they are all mistakes that can lead to costly accident-related injuries.
We Can Use Phone Records to Prove Your Claim for Financial Compensation
If you suspect that the driver who hit you was texting at the time of the crash, our firm can seek to obtain the driver’s phone records in order to establish liability. This is in addition to the various other forms of evidence that can be used to prove a claim for compensation.
In Order to Maximize Your Financial Recovery, You Need to See a Doctor as Soon as Possible
In addition to evidence of the cause of the accident, in order to prevail in your accident claim, you will also need evidence of your injuries. As a result, you should seek medical attention promptly, and be sure to tell your doctor that you were involved in a collision.
It Costs You Nothing Out of Pocket to Take Legal Action
At Ronald A. Ramos Law Office, it costs you nothing out of pocket to seek compensation for your accident-related injuries. Your initial consultation is completely free, and we do not charge any fees or costs unless we secure an insurance settlement or a verdict at trial.
To schedule your free initial consultation at Ronald A. Ramos Law Office, please call (210) 308-8811 or contact us online. You only have a limited amount of time to assert your rights; and, the sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can get on the road to recovery.