Truck accidents caused by distracted driving are tragic. Because of the size of the vehicles involved, truck accidents often cause serious, life-altering injuries. An accident like this should never happen because distracted driving is easily avoidable. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a truck accident caused by distracted driving, we would like to extend our sincerest sympathies. Contact our office today to get started on filing an injury claim and recovering the full compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today.
Distracted Driving Truck Accidents | Common Causes
Distracted driving remains a widespread and serious problem in the state of Texas, as even a split-second lapse in attention can have fatal consequences. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that as many as 20 percent of all crashes, private and commercial vehicle alike, are caused by driver distractions. In 2017, Texas’s state legislature adopted a new law to prevent this unfortunate trend, and sending and reading emails and/or text messages while driving are now illegal practices within state borders. This law, however, has a loophole: it does not necessarily count cell phone use for other purposes, such as checking a map or playing music, as illegal. Accepting a phone call while driving, though a risky decision, is still legal as long as it is through a hands-free device. Though several dozen cities throughout Texas, including population hubs such as Austin and Galveston, have passed local ordinances that prohibit all cell phone usage for drivers, Houston has not followed suit. This means that while truck drivers in the Houston area may not text while behind the wheel, their mobile devices still provide a wealth of other possible distractions that can lead to crashes.
Distracted Driving Truck Accidents | Hire an Attorney
Having a Houston truck accident lawyer by your side is an asset even if you did not cause the accident and walked away without a single injury. Your insurance company may be unable to completely reimburse you for the damage to your car, and the business responsible for the truck can refuse to pay its share. If you were injured and were not at fault, receiving compensation from the trucking company may cover your medical bills. If you were partially or completely at fault for the accident, you will need the advice of an attorney to argue your defense in court. Please contact Houston truck accident lawyer Hector Longoria if you have any questions, and we will help you to achieve the result you want in your case.