Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys in Tyler and Longview
Distracted drivers cause far too many preventable traffic accidents on the roads and highways of Texas. One out of five crashes causing an injury involves a distracted driver, according to federal statistics. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, you need sound legal advice and our Tyler accident attorneys can help. The law firm of Roberts & Roberts has been helping people injured in car and truck accidents caused by distracted drivers in Tyler, Longview and across Texas for nearly 40 years.
With deep roots in East Texas, Roberts & Roberts has built a national reputation for the legal representation we provide personal injury clients. Our lawyers have been featured in dozens of television programs including ABC Good Morning America, CNN, Fox Business News, MSNBC and NBC’s Dateline. If you have been seriously injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney from Roberts & Roberts to guide you. You may have legal rights to seek compensation from the distracted driver who caused your accident.
Contact us at 903-597-6000 or fill out our online contact form for a free review of the facts of your case. We represent clients injured by distracted drivers in Tyler and Longview, all of Texas and throughout the United States. We can help you get your vehicle repaired or replaced, help you get the medical care you need and help you obtain compensation to get you back on your feet.
How Our Longview Distracted Driving Attorneys Can Help
The attorneys and staff at Roberts & Roberts know that a distracted driving accident can turn your life upside down. You may not know where to turn or what to say to insurance adjusters who call wanting you to make a statement. Seek the experienced guidance of a trusted Tyler personal injury lawyer before making any recorded statement to an insurance company or signing anything.
We can help you get money to repair your car, or replace it if it’s a total loss. We can help you obtain the medical treatment you need to recover from injuries caused by a distracted driving accident. We can work to get you reimbursed for lost wages caused by not being able to work.
Most of the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. That means you will have a legal specialist at your side.
About Distracted Driving Accidents In Tyler & Longview
In 2010, 3,092 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver and more than 416,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Using a cell phone while driving — whether it’s a hand-held or hands-free phone — delays a driver’s reaction. Yet, talking on a cell phone is only one type of distracted driving.
Sending a text message is the most alarming distraction. A driver sending a text message is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a driver who is not distracted. Sending a text message requires a driver’s visual and manual attention and takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. In that amount of time, a car going 55 mph travels the length of a football field. It’s disturbing to imagine driving that distance without looking at the road.
Other driver distractions include:
- Eating and drinking
- Using an electronic navigation system
- Reading a map or other material
- Surfing the internet on a smartphone
- Attending to children in the car
- Grooming/putting on makeup
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio or CD player
Anything that takes a driver’s focus away from the road is a distraction. Texas has banned the use of hand-held phones and texting in school zones and banned drivers younger than 18 from using cell phones or texting. Young drivers account for the largest portion of distracted drivers, according to NHTSA.
If you have been injured because of someone else’s careless driving, you should talk to an experienced Texas car accident lawyer. If evidence such as cell phone records shows that a driver was distracted when the accident occurred, the driver may be held liable for the accident and injuries to others.
What To Do After a Texas Distracted Driver Accident
After a traffic accident involving a distracted driving, your first priority should be to seek medical treatment for yourself and others injured in the accident. Even if you don’t feel injured, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor and describe the accident. Some injuries such as closed head injuries and concussions may not be immediately obvious.
We suggest that accident victims who are injured keep a daily journal of their recovery and how the injury has affected their life. In a few months, your recovery may be a blur. You may not remember some of the specific details of your injury that could support your injury claim in a distracted driving accident lawsuit.
You should also report the accident caused by a distracted driver to your insurance company as soon as practical. But you should not make a written or recorded statement about the accident to the insurance company until you have spoken with an experienced lawyer at Roberts & Roberts. An insurance adjuster representing the at-fault driver may approach you about making a quick settlement. They’ll try to dispose of the claim by offering the lowest amount possible. Don’t sign any documents before first consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer at Roberts & Roberts.
We have been standing up for Tyler and Longview accident victims for nearly 40 years.
Should I Hire A Tyler Lawyer After A Distracted Driving Accident?
It’s understandable that contacting a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind after an accident caused by a distracted driver. But it’s a good idea to have a qualified Tyler personal injury lawyer review the accident and explain your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation to help pay your medical bills if you’ve been injured, and pay for your car repairs and lost wages.
The experienced Longview accident attorneys at Roberts & Roberts will listen carefully and do our best to answer your questions. Then you can make an informed decision. We do not charge for the initial consultation. In fact, we do not charge fees unless we are successful if obtaining a recovery for you.