Texting while driving is dangerous, and many may not understand exactly why. Data from Louisiana State University (LSU) affirms that this negligent behavior takes your eyes off the road, mind off the road, and hands off the wheel. LSU reports that cell phone usage was cited in state traffic accident reports at an increased rate of 183.3%, from 2014 to 2019. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), “a minimum of three percent of crashes are estimated to involve texting.”
Drivers, passengers, and other road users’ lives are at risk when a negligent driver uses a cell phone behind the wheel. If you were injured in a texting while driving accident, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries and damages you sustain.
Some Injuries Resulting from Texting While Driving You May Have Suffered
You can suffer severe or lifelong injuries, should a texting while driving accident occur. There are several types of injuries you can sustain, including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain damage
These (and other possible injuries you could have sustained in a texting and driving-related accident) can affect your entire life. According to the Mayo Clinic, a mild concussion should require only monitoring at home. However, a more severe brain injury can cause hematomas, seizures, blood clots, skull fractures, and a loss of speech and mobility.
Seek a Lawyer to Represent Your Interests
Texting and driving can cause death or negatively impact your life after a severe injury. You and your dependents may suffer financial challenges due to the accident.
Search for a firm that is familiar with texting and driving-related laws in your area. Consider the reputation of the law firm in terms of customer reviews, the amount of financial compensation it has won for its clients, and how you feel its staff will treat you.
How a Lawyer Could Help You After a Texting While Driving Accident
A lawyer can work with you to prove that the other driver was negligent in your accident. They could also:
- Valuate your damages
- Answer any questions you have
- Represent you in court, if necessary
- Negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies
- File all paperwork
- Inform you of any relevant timelines like statutes of limitations
- Protect your rights
- Educate you about your options
- Update you at every stage of your case
- Make themselves available to you over the phone or video call, via text, or by email
- Visit you where it is most convenient for you (like your hospital room, office, or home)
Take these actions into consideration when thinking about how to pursue damages from the wrongful party in your case. You may have as little as a year, depending on your State, to recover any damages from your accident. For this reason, we recommend acting quickly to avoid risking your ability to secure compensation. Even if you believe you may be determined to be partly at fault for the accident, we might be able to help you pursue damages due to our state’s contributory fault law.
Choose the Morris Bart Law Firm
You deserve compensation after involvement in an accident by a driver who was texting while driving. We will help you to understand how the liable party may owe you damages, analyze your case in full, and gather sufficient evidence of your claim. Our team is ready to offer you advice about your legal options and to seek justice, either through negotiation or trial. There are several types of financial compensation that you may be entitled to, such as:
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
- Cost of ongoing physical therapy
- Damage to your vehicle
- Medical expenses
Morris Bart, LLC is Ready to Hear Your Story Today
Contact us to learn more. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you will not have to pay us anything until—and unless—we win your case. The compensation amount you may be awarded depends on the specifics of your case, so it is not easy to estimate without considering all the relevant factors. A lawyer can valuate all your possible damages, taking into consideration the impact your injuries have had on your life thus far (and how it may change your future).
If you were in an accident caused by a negligent driver who was texting behind the wheel, call the Morris Bart law firm at (800) 537-8185 now for a free consultation. We can provide you with more information about your options and why texting and driving is dangerous.