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Do you know how dangerous it is to use cell phones while driving in Texas?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Car Accidents

Viewing a hilarious video on Facebook Reels or YouTube Shorts is a daily dose of laughter for most. But for a distracted driving victim, the time spent viewing that quick mobile video already caused a life-changing accident.

In 2022, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported 15,299 serious injury crashes which harmed 18,880 people. Distracted driving due to cell phones is among the many crash factors. Cell phone use pertains to texting, talking, and other purposes such as watching videos.

Damages to claim due to a distracted driving crash

The dangers of distracted driving are serious, hence, Texas banned texting while driving in 2017. Despite this, accidents continue to happen. Those who unfortunately experienced distracted driving injuries have two years to file claims for:

  • Economic damages: While medical bills are the primary claims, it’s crucial to include future medical costs. If you suffered the injury while driving, you can request for repairs or a replacement if your vehicle isn’t reparable. You also need to include your lost wages and your reduced or lost earning capacity.
  • Non-economic or hedonic damages: These pertain to the loss of enjoyment of life. You may claim damages for physical pain, emotional distress and mental suffering.
  • Punitive damages: You could claim these if the driver caused your injury by omission, gross negligence or willful act.

Even if there are advanced mobile technologies now, the TxDOT mentioned research claims saying that they still cause distractions. It’s because they take away some attention from drivers. Such advances include relying on voice recognition and using a hands-free system.

Mustering the strength to fight for your rights while recovering

The devastating effects of a distracted driving crash can leave you hopeless and distraught. When you’re at a loss for what to do next, an attorney can guide you in filing rightful claims. Moreover, they will empower you to fight for your rights because you deserve to recover and resume your life.