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San Antonio Distracted Driving Attorney

Getting into an accident with a distracted driver can lead to severe injuries and complications when working to secure the compensation you deserve. When you turn to the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, we will get to work on your behalf. Our San Antonio distracted driving accident lawyers will investigate all aspects of your crash and work to secure the compensation you are entitled to. Give us a call today to get started.

Why Choose the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm

When you are injured due to another person’s negligence, you need an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally. At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, we cater to San Antonio residents who need aggressive legal representation.

  • We are dedicated to giving every case the undivided attention it deserves. We will listen carefully to your situation and formulate a comprehensive strategy moving forward.
  • When you do not take settlement offers that are lower than what you deserve and will not hesitate to take your case to trial in order to secure the compensation you need.
  • We take distracted driving cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only owe us after we secure the compensation you deserve.

Why do you need an attorney for a car accident?

Distracted driving crashes are often difficult to prove. The at-fault driver may attempt to say they were not distracted. They may even attempt to blame you for the accident. Your car accident attorney will work to uncover the evidence necessary to prove what happened. They will gather any evidence from the crash, including eyewitness statements, video surveillance, and accident reports. If necessary, your attorney will work to obtain phone and internet records from the negligent driver’s devices.

Your lawyer will work with medical experts to properly calculate your total losses and work to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.

Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents

There are multiple elements competing for a driver’s attention, so it is important to recognize and ignore them. The most common distractions that cause accidents are: 

  • Texting while driving
  • Talking on the phone
  • Navigating with GPS
  • Changing music
  • Eating and drinking
  • Applying makeup
  • Grooming (e.g. shaving, brushing hair)
  • Reading
  • An animal in the vehicle
  • Reaching for an object
  • Interacting with passengers

Clearly, these are simply a few causes of distracted driving, as anything that takes a driver’s attention off the road can result in an accident.

Texting and Driving Statistics

One of the most dangerous types of distractions is texting while driving, since it takes a driver’s eyes, hands, and mind off the road. Consider the following disturbing statistics:

  • Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. 
  • In the five seconds, on average, that it takes to read or send a text, is the same amount of time needed to drive the length of a football field when traveling at the speed of 55 miles per hour. 
  • Texting while driving causes 1.6 million car accidents in the US each year. 
  • In 2018, there were 2,841 people killed and an estimated additional 400,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

Texting and driving has quickly become a bigger problem than drunk driving. In 2017, approximately 2,700 teenagers died as the result of drunk driving accidents. Whereas, over 10,000 teens lost their lives in a texting and driving incident during the same year.

Common Distracted Driving Injuries

Distracted driving injuries can vary in type and may depend on the location where a victim’s vehicle was hit, along with the speed of both vehicles. Some common serious injuries caused by distracted driving include:

Head and Brain Injuries

Drivers and passengers can hit their heads on the steering wheel, windows, and dashboard causing cuts, bruises, concussions, and brain injuries. Warning signs of head and brain injuries include:

  • Nausea
  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry Vision

Head and brain injuries can be severe and life-changing. It’s important to remember that not all brain injuries exhibit immediate or external symptoms; therefore, passengers should always seek medical attention. 

Neck Injuries

Neck pain is probably the most common complaint of those in car accidents. This ‘whiplash’ effect is where the neck experiences a quick jerk forward and then back.  This unnatural jerking motion can result in severe neck pain, headaches, and dizziness. Victims may require medical treatment for a strain or sprain of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the neck. Pinched nerves and herniated discs can also occur and the pain may last for years.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries

Back pain is another very common result of distracted driving accidents. The force of a collision can cause one or multiple spinal discs to rupture and irritate nearby nerves. Back or spinal injuries can lead to paralysis or may require surgery. 

Bone Fractures

Bone fractures often occur in the wrists, arms, elbows, knees, and ribs. Recovery, therapy, and limited functionality of the broken limb can be prolonged based upon the fracture’s severity and age of the victim.

Internal Bleeding and Injuries

Car crash victims can suffer damage internally, which can be life-threatening. The most vulnerable organs are the lungs, kidneys, spleen, liver, and heart. The lungs are particularly susceptible to damage if any ribs break upon impact. 

If you or someone has been injured as a result of a distracted driver, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for these injuries. 

How much compensation is available for these cases?

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, we understand these cases and are ready to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Your medical expenses related to the distracted driving crash
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against and the distracted driver

Call a Distracted Driving Lawyer in San Antonio

When you need a San Antonio distracted driving accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation online or by calling us at (210) 777-4878.