Texting, or any form of distracted driving, takes a driver’s attention off the safe operation of their vehicle. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a distracted driver traveling at 55mph while texting may travel the distance of a football field without looking at the road.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported 403 fatalities related to distracted driving crashes in 2018.
If you or someone you love was injured by a distracted driver, a McKinney texting while driving accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office might be able to help you recover the costs of your other accident-related expenses in a personal injury case.
You do not have to prove fault and fight for compensation on your own. Our legal team might be able to help you prove the at-fault driver’s financial liability and establish their responsibility to compensate you for your injuries.
For a free case review with a member of our personal injury team, call Underwood Law Office today at (972) 535-6377. We may be able to provide you with representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront payments required.
Liability in a Texting While Driving Accident
Every driver on the road owes a standard of care to the drivers they share the road with. This duty includes obeying all traffic laws and driving in a safe manner. When a driver breaches that duty and causes injuries to another driver, they might be responsible for compensating their victims for their financial damages.
Distracted driving can allow a driver to breach their duty of care in a number of ways. By taking their eyes or attention off of the task of driving, or their hands off of the steering wheel, a driver may:
- Run a red light or stop sign
- Fail to yield
- Fail to stop in time and rear-end the vehicle in front of them
- Hit a pedestrian or bicyclist
- Drift into another lane
- Go the wrong direction down a one-way street
When you work with a McKinney texting while driving accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office, we can help you identify the responsible party and collect evidence of how they caused your accident. This evidence may include:
- Your crash report
- Witness statements
- Photos or videos of the accident scene
- Medical records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction specialists
For a free legal consultation with a texting while driving lawyer serving McKinney, call (972) 535-6377
Damages in a Car Accident Case
If you can establish the responsible party’s liability for your accident, you may be able to request compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses to date
- Anticipated future medical expenses
- Wage and income loss to date
- Anticipated future wage and income loss
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional pain
- Physical disfigurement
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Calculating your financial damages can be complex and intricate. Underwood Law Office may be able to help you assess your expenses and losses to ensure your settlement negotiations are well-informed.
We may collect the following evidence to calculate your damages:
- Vehicle repair bills and replacement estimates
- Medical, rehab, and therapy records and bills
- Employment records and salary history
- Receipts for other out-of-pocket expenses
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Our Personal Injury Team Can Fight for You
The physical, emotional, and psychological impact of a texting while driving accident can leave you with severe injuries and extensive recovery times. While you focus on recuperating from your physical injuries, Underwood Law Office can go to work on your case. Our team may be able to:
- Read and review your medical records and bills
- Obtain, complete, and submit insurance forms
- Obtain and scrutinize your official crash report
- Identify, locate, and interview accident witnesses
- Conduct an independent investigation, if needed
The Settlement Negotiations Process
Once we have built your case file and filed your insurance claim, Underwood Law Office can engage in settlement negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance company.
When you agree to settle your case out of court, you agree to accept a specified amount of money to resolve your personal injury claim. You will also sign documents that release the at-fault driver from any further financial responsibility for the accident. Accordingly, understanding the potential value of your damages is critical to evaluating the fairness of a settlement offer.
Underwood Law Office can advise you on the pros and cons of each settlement offer you may receive, but the final decision to accept or reject an offer will always be yours to make. If a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached, we can continue fighting for your financial recovery on trial.
Do Not Wait to Get Started on Your Case
The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003 generally limits your right to file a personal injury lawsuit to two years from the date of the accident. If your family lost a loved one in a texting while driving accident, you generally have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
A failure to comply with the statute of limitations in your case may put your right to recover compensation in jeopardy. If you contact Underwood Law Office soon enough after your accident, we may be able to help you meet all of the legal deadlines in your case.
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Underwood Law Office May Be Able to Help You
A McKinney texting while driving accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office might be able to help you recover compensation for your damages.
For a free case review with a member of our car accident team, call Underwood Law Office today at (972) 535-6377. We offer representation on a contingency-fee-basis, where our clients do not pay us attorney fees unless and until we help them win their case.