Distracted Driving Accidents in Texas

Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in Texas, responsible for nearly one in five traffic accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 2,793 individuals were seriously injured, and 399 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2023. If you have suffered injuries or someone you love tragically passed away as a result of a distracted driving accident, turn to The Payne Law Group

Our Bryan distracted driving attorneys are well-prepared to aggressively advocate for your right to fair compensation. You can trust that our highly skilled and experienced legal team will handle every detail of your case with utmost care and precision, so you can focus on healing. Once you become our client, you will be confident knowing that your case is in the hands of professionals who truly care.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, reach out to The Payne Law Group. We offer a free consultation, providing you with an opportunity to discuss your case and understand your legal options. Our firm proudly serves clients in College Station and Bryan.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving occurs anytime someone diverts their attention from the road and surroundings. Common distractions for drivers in Brazos County include:

  • Visual distractions include activities that cause the driver to take their eyes off the road, even for a second.
  • Manual distractions are any activities that cause the driver to take one or both hands off the steering wheel while driving.
  • Cognitive distractions include thoughts and mental distractions that cause the driver to lose focus on driving.
  • Auditory distractions include noises and sounds that distract the driver from the road ahead.

When a driver’s attention is not entirely focused on driving, even a second or two of distracted driving can result in a severe or deadly accident.

Examples of Distracted Driving

All sorts of activities and behaviors can be classified as “distracted driving.” Common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a cell phone or handheld device
  • Talking on the phone
  • Reading or sending text messages
  • Taking pictures or videos
  • Browsing the internet or social media
  • Reading or sending emails
  • Using a GPS or navigational system
  • Adjusting vehicle controls, such as the radio or air conditioning
  • Using a handheld device to choose or change music
  • Talking to passengers in the vehicle
  • Tending to children or pets in the backseat
  • Eating, drinking, or smoking
  • Personal grooming, including applying makeup or brushing one’s hair
  • Reaching for an item or object in the vehicle
  • Driving with headphones on or earbuds in one’s ears
  • Looking at billboards, accidents, and other things outside the vehicle
  • Daydreaming or thinking about things other than driving

The most effective way to prevent accidents and ensure your safety and that of your passengers is to abstain from distracted driving. Always dedicate your full attention to the road ahead and maintain a safe distance from drivers who exhibit erratic behavior, such as drifting in and out of lanes, swerving, braking for no apparent reason, or seeming distracted.

Proving Liability After a Distracted Driving Accident

Proving that the driver who caused the accident was distracted can be a complex task. Many forms of distracted driving provide little evidence. However, if the driver was texting or talking on a handheld device, our firm can subpoena and review their cellphone records to establish this as a factor in the accident. This is just one example of how our legal team at The Payne Law Group can help build a strong case on your behalf. 

No matter the circumstances, we will carefully evaluate your claim, determine liability, and protect your rights. Our Bryan distracted driving accident attorneys regularly collaborate with accident reconstruction specialists and other industry experts to develop solid evidence. We will:

  • Identify and interview witnesses 
  • Review nearby security camera footage
  • Obtain and assess other available evidence

We are renowned for our meticulous approach to case preparation, leaving no stone unturned. Our aggressive litigation and willingness to go to trial whenever necessary further underline our commitment to your case.

How a Board-Certified Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love was involved in a distracted driving accident in Brazos County, turn to The Payne Law Group for the dedicated legal representation you need. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling car accidents. Attorney Scott Scherr is Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by only about two percent of all practicing lawyers in the state. 

To earn this certification, attorneys must:

  • Demonstrate exceptional competence in their particular area of law 
  • Attend various continuing education seminars and training
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Be evaluated by both fellow attorneys and judges on their knowledge and abilities in personal injury trial law.

A board-certified attorney is recognized as an expert in their area of law. 

When you have been seriously injured and are facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges due to another’s negligence, you need a highly skilled attorney by your side. You can count on our experience and expertise. At The Payne Law Group, we are not just committed, but deeply passionate about helping you fight for the justice and fair financial compensation you deserve.  Your case is not just another case to us, it’s a cause we believe in.

Talk to a Bryan Distracted Driving Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident, you deserve justice and compensation. Contact The Payne Law Group for a free consultation today with an experienced distracted driving attorney.