Attorney Representing Distracted Driving Accident Victims

When a careless driver causes your injury

As technology advances, it seems as though no one is without a cell phone, smartphone, PDA, tablet, GPS device, MP3 player or other gadget these days. While these items can certainly be useful for communication and entertainment in daily life, they are also a constant source of distraction — and it has become increasingly tempting for drivers to use cell phones while driving. Unfortunately, paying attention to gadgets and other distractions while driving leads to collisions every day — collisions that can seriously injure or even kill other drivers, passengers and innocent bystanders. If you or your loved one was hurt in an accident caused by someone texting while driving or otherwise distracted, an experienced attorney from our firm can help you obtain rightful compensation.

Cell phone law

Only hands-free cell phone use while driving is permitted for adult motorists in Texas. Those under age 18 are considered novice drivers under Texas cell phone law and are prohibited from using cell phones in any capacity, even hands-free. Texting while driving and other similar actions, such as emailing, instant messaging and Internet browsing, are outlawed for all drivers, although emergency personnel and other drivers responding to emergencies are exempt from the texting ban.

Using a cell phone and driving can lead to accidents

Results from two recent studies show the correlation between cell phone use and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that distracted drivers caused 1 out of every 5 auto crashes resulting in fatal and nonfatal injuries.

Additionally, a University of Utah study found that distracted drivers pose more of a risk to those on the road than drunk or reckless driving motorists. According to the report, drivers who were distracted had even slower reaction times than drivers with .08-percent blood alcohol content, which is the legal limit.

Other types of distracted driving:

Talking to passengers

Drinking or eating

Applying makeup, shaving or performing other grooming functions

Reading

Adjusting the radio

Programming the GPS

Using cell phones while driving is just one common type of motorist distraction. If your accident injury resulted from any of the following distracted driving behaviors, an auto accident attorney from our firm can help you file a claim for compensation and obtain a settlement or jury verdict.

 

Attorney for Those Injured in Accidents Resulting from Tire Blowouts

When worn or defective tires cause your crash

If you were hurt in an accident caused by a tire blowout, or if your loved one was killed in such a crash, we can help you. We determine the reason for the tire failure and assist you in obtaining fair and necessary compensation for your injuries, related medical costs, property repairs or replacement, lost wages and emotional damages. For nearly 30 years, we have advocated for clients with many types of injuries, and we are well aware of the known risks of different tire brands, such as BFGoodrich, Cooper, Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, Hankook and Michelin.

What causes tire blowouts?

Personal injury attorneys know that tires might fail for a number of reasons, but the most common contributors to tire blowout accidents are product defects and tire wear. We can determine at which of the following production stages the defect occurred:

Design — The tire was designed in a way that rendered it ineffective, even when manufactured properly.

Manufacturing — The tire was not manufactured according to the design, or shoddy materials were used.

Directions — The directions for using the tire included inaccurate rotation or replacement guidelines or other misinformation.

Tire defects can cause the tires to malfunction unexpectedly, whether by exploding, separating from the tread or creating a blowout. When these types of events occur, drivers are likely to lose control of their vehicles and cause serious, even fatal accidents. Manufacturers are liable for the resulting damages.

When tire wear is the cause of the accident, it may be the fault of an entity, such as a trucking company, or a person, such as the car or truck driver. If a trucking company fails to perform regular maintenance checks for tire wear, clear signs could be missed that a tire needs to be replaced. And if an individual driving a car or other vehicle for personal use fails to take the vehicle in for regular inspections or to replace tires as often as recommended, that person could be found negligent if a tire blowout accident occurs. Additionally, retailers and resellers who purvey tires that are too old — essentially expired — or too worn to be safe could also be found liable.

 

Lawyer Helps Drunk Driving Accident Victims

A fierce advocate when a drunk driver is responsible for your injury

Drunk driving, also known as driving under the influence or DUI, is a serious offense leading to motor vehicle accidents and subsequent injuries every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), Texas had the highest number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2016 (1,438 fatalities).  We’ve represented injury victims, including those whose accidents resulted from drunk driving, for nearly 30 years. We know how to fight aggressively to help our clients obtain rightful compensation after an act of gross negligence leaves them or their loved ones seriously injured, and we’re well-prepared to advocate for you.

Drunk driving as a criminal offense and how it affects your case

Even a first-time drunk driving conviction carries misdemeanor penalties, including fines, possible jail time, community service, probation, license suspension and a court-ordered drug or alcohol-abuse class. In second and third offenses or in cases of vehicular homicide due to drunk driving, the penalties become much more severe. But criminal court charges have little to do with the compensation you might receive from the injuries you sustain.

When accidents caused by drunk driving cause injuries, the victims have the right to file civil court claims for medical care, property damage, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. With help from a trusted auto accident lawyer, you can seek compensation from the drunk driver and the insurance company. In fact, because a drunk driver can be found not guilty in a criminal court but still negligent due to speeding or other recklessness, the insurance company is often left bearing the brunt of the personal injury costs. Insurers are notorious for trying to get out of paying what they owe, even if it means using bad faith practices. Therefore, it is crucial that the lawyer you choose to represent you understands how to provide protection from insurance tactics that would otherwise leave you with less than you deserve after sustaining an injury in a drunk driving accident.