Here in Texas, driving is an important part of life. Because we spend so much time driving, it is perhaps inevitable that some drivers become complacent and forget that driving can be dangerous.
“Distracted driving” is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Texas, particularly in accidents involving two or more cars or other noncommercial vehicles. Distractions while driving can include talking on a cellphone, texting, fiddling with the car stereo, turning around to talk to passengers in the backseat—the list goes on and on. Essentially, distracted driving is any behavior that takes the driver’s focus away from driving so that he or she is not paying attention to the road. In legal terms, this type of negligent behavior is often referred to as “failing to keep a proper lookout.” Car accidents between noncommercial vehicles can also be caused by speeding, running a stop sign or traffic light, and/or failing to yield. These actions are not only negligent but usually are explicitly prohibited by law.
Car accidents involving a commercial truck or eighteen-wheeler often result in extremely serious injuries. Truck drivers sometimes drive for more consecutive hours than they are allowed to by law. Sometimes truck drivers drive while very tired or under the influence of stimulants or other illegal substances. Trucking accidents can also be caused by the negligence of the trucking company. For example, a truck with a load that is too heavy or is improperly secured can cause an accident. Determining who all is responsible is slightly more difficult in a trucking accident, but experienced accident attorneys will know how to track down all the evidence and discover the responsible parties.
Remember, you should consult with an attorney as soon as you reasonably can after a car accident or eighteen-wheeler accident for two important reasons. First, the statute of limitations in most negligence cases is two years. Second, physical evidence in car accident cases such as skid marks on the road or even damage to vehicles can fade or be repaired fairly quickly. Often a police report will be made when there is an accident, but it is still important to act as quickly as possible to preserve evidence.
If you have been injured in a car accident or trucking accident, you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as other damages, depending on the type and severity of your injury. Click here to contact your Dallas car & truck accident attorney.