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Texting While Driving Collisions

Did you know that you can travel the length of a football field if you are driving 55 mph and take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds? In that amount of space, anything can happen. An “lol” or “on my way” text is not worth risking lives over. In Texas, 1,071 crashes involved texting in 2015. Texting is a distraction, and distracted driving costs lives.

At the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz, we routinely see the effects of texting and driving. From broken bones to incapacitating brain injuries, collisions involving texting are serious. Distracted driving can lead a driver to:

  • Drift into oncoming traffic
  • Rear end the next vehicle
  • Overcompensate after running off the road
  • Miss a dangerous obstacle in the roadway
  • Hit a pedestrian or bicyclist

Texting while driving is a dangerous activity. Those injured in texting-related collisions recognize the importance of focused driving—yet other drivers continue to text and drive. Together, we can hold careless drivers accountable and secure fair compensation to cover the costs associated with your collision.

Texting While Driving in Texas

If you are driving in Texas, look up texting laws before you head out the door. While the state does not impose texting bans on all drivers, several jurisdictions do. If a police officer catches you texting while driving in Austin, San Antonio, or 90 other cities in the state, you will receive a fine. Currently, Dallas does not enforce texting laws. Statewide texting laws affect drivers in school zones, school bus operators, minors, and drivers with learner’s permits.

Some drivers think the absence of a law is the same as permission to text and drive. This is not true. Officers can and will pull individuals over for reckless driving, and victims in texting while driving collisions can hold the driver legally responsible.

Avoiding Texting-Related Collisions

Many drivers can avoid texting-related collisions using a few safe and defensive driving practices:

  1. Do not text and drive. Pull over to the side of the road if you need to send off a quick message.
  2. Watch for other drivers, particularly in high traffic areas. Remain vigilant. If you see a driver looking down or with a phone in the air, stay as far away as possible. Many drivers do not try to hide their activities. Protect yourself, and stay out of a distracted driver’s way.
  3. Use your horn. If you notice a driver drifting into another lane or getting too close during bumper to bumper traffic, use your horn to get the driver’s attention. You may prevent an collision.
  4. Consider adding a bumper sticker to your vehicle. Some people do not recognize the dangers involved in texting and driving. A simple bumper sticker may educate another driver enough to deter the careless activity.

What to Do if You Suspect Distracted Driving in an Collision

If you think texting may have contributed to your car collision, let the police officer on the scene and your attorney know. Texting as a contributing factor may affect the degree of fault the other driver faces in a vehicle collision. In some cases, an attorney may secure a subpoena for texting records and prove distraction in an collision claim.

After a distracted driving collision:

  • Record as much information at the scene as possible.
  • Make notes about your experience so you can accurately remember events later.
  • Discuss all the details of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.

After you contact our office, we will move quickly to preserve as much evidence as possible from the incident. At the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz, we understand the complexities of mobile device collisions and Texas laws. You can count on us to deliver knowledgeable legal advice and to build a case for maximum compensation. For 35 years, Dallas, TX locals have trusted our team to protect their rights to compensation in personal injury cases.