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McKinney Distracted Driving Accidents Lawyer

Attorney for Victims Injured by Distracted Drivers on Cell Phones

There are different types of driver negligence that can lead to dangerous car accidents. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of collisions, and it can involve anything from texting while driving, eating, or playing with the radio to letting one's mind wander and failing to pay attention to the road. These behaviors can have devastating consequences, and victims of distracted driving accidents often face grueling rehabilitation to heal broken bodies, accompanied with expensive medical bills, lost wages, physical impairment, and other damages. Drivers who act irresponsibly (and their insurance companies) should be responsible for all the harms they cause to others, and injury victims may be able to receive financial compensation that addresses all of the ways they have been affected.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Burress Injury Law can help you understand your legal options, and we will aggressively advocate on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve. We will handle all aspects of your case so that you can focus on your recovery, and you owe nothing until we successfully obtain a settlement or verdict for you.

Why Distracted Driving Is So Dangerous

There are numerous distractions that can affect drivers. While the most obvious forms of distracted driving involve the use of electronic devices, such as texting while behind the wheel or making calls while using a handheld cell phone, this is just one type of distracted driving. Other activities that can take a driver's attention away from the road include eating, drinking, grooming, fidgeting with controls in the vehicle, reaching for objects on the floor or in the back seat, talking to passengers, rubbernecking, and daydreaming, among others.

Drivers may be affected by one or more of the following types of distractions:

  • Visual distractions - If a driver takes their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, this can significantly increase the risk of being involved in an accident. For example, a driver may not notice that a car in front of them has slowed down, and they may be unable to stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision.
  • Manual distractions - Letting go of the steering wheel, even for a moment, can make it difficult for a driver to regain control of the vehicle if something unexpected happens. If a driver encounters an obstacle in the road, or if another car makes sudden movements, they may be unable to react properly, and they may collide with others.
  • Cognitive distractions - When a person is not focused on driving, they may have difficulty paying attention to their surroundings, and they may miss important cues that could help them avoid an accident. For instance, a distracted driver may not see a stop sign or yield sign, and they could become involved in a T-bone accident when proceeding through an intersection, or they may wander out of their lane and into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision.

While some distractions may involve one of the issues described above, some behaviors will involve multiple types of distractions, making them especially dangerous. Texting or using electronic devices will usually involve all three types of distractions, since a driver may look away from the road when viewing a device's screen, they may take one or both hands off the wheel to interact with the device, and they will divert their attention away from the road. This can greatly increase the likelihood that a driver will fail to notice important details or be unable to respond to conditions on the road, making them responsible for resulting accidents.

Contact Our Prosper Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

At Burress Injury Law, our personal injury lawyers will work diligently to help you hold a negligent driver fully responsible for the injuries you have suffered in an accident, and we will fight to make sure you will be able to recover all of the compensation you are entitled to receive. We pride ourselves on leveraging the best proprietary case management software to facilitate optimal communication with our clients. Your initial intake meeting with an attorney and paralegal is a minimum of two hours, during which you will learn best practices for successfully navigating your personal injury case. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 214-726-0016 or contact us online.

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