Distracted Driving Accidents
Skilled Austin Attorney Protect Clients Injured in Distracted Driving Accidents
Operating a motor vehicle and handling the task of driving responsibly requires you to keep your hands on the wheel and your attention focused on the road in front of you. Failure to do either of those things due to driver distractions is a leading cause of car accidents throughout Texas. If you are involved in this type of accident, you may have suffered serious injuries that can result in long-term medical costs and lost wages. It is important to speak with an Austin car accident attorney first, before settling your claim. Attorney Stephen G. Nagle has over 35 years representing clients in matters throughout our area. When distracted driving accidents occur, he acts as a strong legal advocate to ensure your rights and interests are protected.
Distracted Driving Accidents in Texas
Despite public service campaigns and the efforts of law enforcement officials, distracted driving continues to be a leading cause of car accidents and injuries in Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), roughly one out of every five car wrecks in our state is related to distracted driving. These drivers are responsible for more than 100,000 accidents each year, resulting in close to 500 deaths and thousands of injuries.
Attorney Stephen G. Nagle provides the aggressive legal representation you need when this type of car accident occurs. He handles clients who have suffered the following types of injuries as a result of these collisions:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and multiple fractures;
- Scarring injuries, such as burns, and sSevere cuts and lacerations;
- Back and neck injuries that require injections or surgeries, or involve fractured vertebrae and “slipped” or herniated discs;
- Head injuries, including concussion, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries, resulting in partial or complete paralysis.
Common Types of Driver Distractions
Distracted driving includes texting, making phone calls, or taking pictures behind the wheel. It also includes behaviors such as eating, drinking, putting on makeup, and changing GPS or radio stations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are three main types of driving distractions:
- Visual distractions, which require you to take your eyes off of the road in front of you;
- Manual distractions, which require you to remove one or both hands from the steering wheel;
- Cognitive distractions, which divert your attention from your surroundings and the task of driving itself.
Texting while driving is particularly dangerous as it involves all three types of driver distractions, but even turning to talk to a passenger can divert your attention long enough to cause a car accident to occur.
An Austin Car Accident Attorney You Can Trust
As an experienced Austin car accident attorney, you can trust Mr. Nagle to provide the experienced, professional legal representation you need when serious injuries occur. If you or someone you care about is injured in a distracted driving accident, call or contact attorney Stephen G. Nagle online and request a consultation to discuss your case.