Cell Phones and Distracted Driver Accidents
Has Another Driver's Negligence or Preoccupation Caused You Injury in a Car Accident?
There are hundreds of car accidents every week in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dallas is especially prone to accidents due to the high amount of traffic and narrow roads in the older parts of town. To add to this already inherent danger, more and more people are negligently driving while using their cell phones. If you have been injured by one of these negligent drivers, Grossman Law Offices may be able to help you seek the recovery you deserve.
Cell Phones are Hazardous While Driving
While cell phones can be very helpful, they are often incredibly harmful. Drivers who are distracted by cell phones are much more likely to involve you in an accident than a driver who is focused on the road. Unfortunately, many people refuse to restrict their cell phone use and consequently often hit and injure innocent victims like you.
Dallas is especially prone to cell phone related car accidents. If a driver is texting while driving or simply talking on the phone while navigating the streets of Dallas they can cause serious harm to you and your family if they hit you.
For example, let's say you were driving on Mockingbird Road on your way to the Love Field Airport. Not only are the streets narrow because it is an older part of town, but others are rushing to the airport to catch a flight while frantically talking and texting on their cell phones to check for flight information. Drivers in the area frequently divert their attention from the road, and instead focus on their cell phones because they failed to plan ahead. Consequently, you end up hurt due to their selfish actions and reckless behavior. If one of these careless and distracted drivers hits and injures you, Grossman Law Offices can help you sue them to seek reimbursement for your injuries.
How to Prove They Were Negligent
There are numerous ways in which our experienced attorneys can prove that the defendant was negligently using their cell phone when they hit you. For instance, our attorneys can request the defendant's phone records. Cell phone records document not only the amount of use, but more importantly the specific date and time of every phone call, text message, and date usage. The defendant's phone records may prove that the driver was texting, talking, using some sort of phone application, or searching the internet on their phone at the exact moment of the accident.
If we can sufficiently prove that the defendant was hazardously using their phone while driving then we can establish that they were negligent and consequently responsible for your damages. It is important that you have a qualified attorney who is experienced in searching for and requesting similar information so that you may have the strongest evidence available to win your claim.
Phone Use and Punitive Damages
If our attorneys can prove that the defendant was grossly negligent, you may be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are given to the plaintiff if the defendant's behavior was outrageous or incredibly reckless.
For example, if the driver who hit you was speeding on the narrow part of Mockingbird Road, while driving to the airport, and while texting on their cell phone, this may be considered gross negligence. The defendant acted with an extreme disregard for your safety and the safety of others by acting so recklessly. In this instance, the court might deem it prudent to award punitive damages to punish the defendant for their outrageous behavior. This is intended to encourage them to act with extreme caution in the future, and to deter others from recklessly using their cell phones while driving.
If you have been injured in a car accident by a driver who was negligently using their cell phone while driving, you may be entitled to various damages. Our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices are very experienced in handling personal injury car accident claims and have been helping people like you since 1990. To learn more about your individual claim, call Grossman Law Offices at 1-855-326-0000.
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