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Of all the ways a driver can be negligent, distracted driving is one of the most common and most dangerous. The CDC reports that approximately 9 people are killed every day in accidents that involve a distracted driver. Despite the well-documented dangers of distracted driving, many motorists still engage in behaviors that can take their eyes, hands, and attention from the road.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a distracted driver, you may need help recouping the compensation you deserve for your medical bills and other expenses. The Katy distracted driving accident lawyer at Law Office of Shane McClelland offers personalized, client-centered representation that gets results.

Schedule a free consultation with our firm by calling 713-987-7107 or submitting an online contact form.

What is Considered Distracted Driving?

The CDC defines distracted driving as “anything that takes your attention away from driving.” There are many behaviors that can be considered distracted driving; these behaviors generally fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Visual distractions – anything that takes your eyes off of the road.
  • Manual distractions – anything that takes your hands off of the wheel.
  • Cognitive distractions – anything that takes your attention away from operating the vehicle.

One of the reasons that using a cell phone while driving is so dangerous, is because it involves all three forms of distraction.

Some common examples of distracted driving include:
  • Sending or receiving text messages/emails
  • Viewing social media
  • Checking GPS navigation
  • Answering a phone call
  • Eating or drinking
  • Applying makeup/adjusting clothes
  • Talking to passengers
  • Looking at an accident or scenery

If you were injured in an accident because the other driver was distracted, you deserve justice. Let our Katy distracted driving attorney help you recover every penny of compensation you are owed!

Is Distracted Driving Illegal in Texas?

Texting while driving and other forms of cell phone use are illegal in the State of Texas, but other forms of distraction are not prohibited. Drivers who are caught texting while driving can be charged with a misdemeanor and face fines between $25 and $99. If the driver caused injury or death to another person, they could be fined up to $4,000 and face jail time.

However, an action does not have to be illegal to be considered negligent. A driver who is distracted is failing to operate their vehicle with reasonable care and is therefore putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury.

When Should I Call an Accident Attorney?

It’s in your best interest to contact a distracted driving accident lawyer in Katy as soon as you possibly can. Your attorney can guide your next steps as you get medical treatment and file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, helping you avoid costly mistakes. Your attorney can also begin collecting the evidence necessary to prove liability in your claim before it is too late.

When considering a Katy car accident attorney, look to Shane McClelland. He has over 15 years of experience providing client-focused representation for personal injury cases in South Texas. His dedicated work ethic and prestigious accolades led to his being featured on numerous media outlets, including Fox News and NPR.

Schedule a free consultation with Attorney McClelland by calling our office at 713-987-7107 or contacting us online.

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