Dallas Cell Phone Accident Lawyer
In 2015, cell phone use (talking, texting, and other activities) was cited as a contributing factor in 5,364 collisions in the state of Texas. Driving while talking on the phone is not illegal in most places, but any activity that takes your attention away from driving can result in an collision. Whether someone was texting in bumper-to-bumper traffic or snapping a selfie while traveling at 100 mph, cell phone use and driving can be dangerous.
The Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz represents individuals injured in all car collisions, including cell phone–related collisions. What drivers do not understand is that an attorney may obtain a subpoena for cell phone records in some collision cases. If someone is driving and posting on social media, talking, or texting, someone else can access that data and hold the driver accountable.
Our law firm understands the gray area of cell phone use in Texas. Our attorneys have over 35 years of legal experience in injury cases. We understand the dangers of distracted driving and where cell phone activities fall under current statutes and precedents. Those distracted on a cell phone at the time of an collision are responsible for the injuries that they cause, and we will fight to secure fair compensation for victims injured in these cases.
Texas Cell Phone Collision Laws
Texas enforces the following cell phone laws:
- Individuals with learner’s permits. If you have a learner’s permit, you cannot use a handheld phone during your first six months of driving.
- Individuals under 18. Minors cannot use wireless communications devices (including cell phones).
- School bus drivers. These professionals may not use a cell phone during driving activities if children are onboard or nearby.
- All drivers in school zones. If you are driving in a school zone, you cannot use a handheld device for any purpose.
Several jurisdictions within Texas impose their own cell phone laws. Dallas does not require drivers to follow any additional cell phone laws within city limits.
Factors Affecting Cell Phone Laws in the State and Nation
While the current laws in our state are fairly lax, this can change at any point. Every year, new jurisdictions approve local measures, and the state has considered two bills related to cell phone use over the past few years. With the advent of augmented reality games such as Pokémon Go and the prevalence of activities such as live streaming and Snapchatting, the laws may very well change in the coming years.
Regardless of legal restriction, using a cell phone in a distracting manner can contribute to serious injuries. Any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from driving is considered a distraction. Distracted driving is careless or negligent driving. If a driver engages in any cell phone activity and hits someone else, the injured person can hold the driver legally accountable. Our attorneys help injured individuals find closure and fair compensation in cell phone-related collision cases.
Pursuing Cell Phone Collision Cases
In any car collision, the courts will evaluate each driver’s percentage of blame. If a driver is more than 50% responsible for the incident, he or she cannot obtain compensation in a civil claim. In cell phone collision cases, an injured individual may choose to hold the individual responsible in a civil lawsuit and/or file a claim against the driver’s insurance policy. Our attorneys will help you negotiate with insurers and seek justice from the individual responsible for your injuries.
Cell phone collision cases are complex. To obtain maximum compensation, you will need the support of an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz are committed to helping you and making our roads safer in the process. Contact our office in Dallas, TX for a free case evaluation.