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Proving Distracted Driving in Texas

By Jose Ceja
Managing Attorney

It seems like more and more drivers are engaging in activities that distract them from safely operating their vehicle. Anything that causes this is considered “distracted driving” and is often the cause of many accidents. But when you’ve been involved in an accident that was caused by another driver’s distraction, how can you possibly prove it? After all, someone who caused an accident because they were texting won’t exactly admit to it after the fact. Luckily, there are things that can be done in order to prove that a distracted driver was the cause of the accident. However, time is of the essence. 

Proving Distracted Driving

While it’s highly unlikely that an at-fault driver will admit to having been distracted at the time of the crash, there are some ways in which you can gather evidence to do so. Such evidence may include:

  • Neutral Witnesses – If you noticed that the at-fault driver was distracted at the time of the crash, other people may also have taken notice too. If you have been seriously injured in the accident, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to speak with any bystanders right away. However, if you have someone else who can collect their information for you, that would be helpful. Also, an attorney may be able to help. This is so important because witnesses can help to back up your claim. 
  • Traffic Cameras – Traffic cameras may feel intrusive – until we need them. These cameras can be greatly helpful and may show that the at-fault driver was doing something at the time of the accident. If the traffic lights don’t have cameras, businesses or even homes just might. Depending upon where the accident occurred, there may be other cameras that captured what transpired.  
  • Evidence from the Scene of the Accident – One of the most important pieces of evidence that can help to corroborate your claim is physical evidence on the road or inside the other individual’s vehicle. For instance, half-eaten food or makeup near the pedals may indicate that the driver was eating or applying makeup at the time of the crash. Tire marks on the road may also confirm that a driver was distracted and attempted to make a last-minute adjustment to try to avoid the collision.  

Since most evidence can be lost, it’s important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that they can help you to uncover and preserve it. 

The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

If you were injured in a car accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.

At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that an accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Jose Ceja is the managing attorney of Ceja Law Firm. He has practiced law since 2007 and has devoted his career to the practice of criminal law. Mr. Ceja began his legal career as a felony drug prosecutor, where he prosecuted drug, gang, and violent offenses. Mr. Ceja has first or second chaired almost 100 trials, including murders, drug cases, DWIs, and assaults. In his career as a defense attorney, he has regularly obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and grand jury “no bills” in a wide variety of cases.