Distracted Driving Lawsuits

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Research suggests hundreds of drivers and passengers die in distracted driving car accidents across the state every year. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 19% of accidents in the state in 2017 were caused by distracted driving, resulting in 444 deaths that year. Other studies show that one in five car wrecks in the United States involves a distracted driver. Unlike accidents caused by bad weather or poor road conditions, texting while driving collisions and injuries are always avoidable.

The Houston car accident lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs are here to help people like you get the compensation needed and deserved after a serious car accident. If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one due to a distracted driver’s negligence, our legal team can provide the guidance you need.

What Types of Injuries Can Result from Distracted Driving Accidents?

Distracted driving can cause a wide variety of injuries and property damage to other people on the road. When someone is not paying full attention to the task of driving, they can easily drift into another lane or rear-end another vehicle, all at very high speeds. Doing so can severely injure the people in the other vehicle(s) and the driver.

Some of the most common distracted driving injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strain, such as whiplash
  • Burns
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Internal injuries
  • Scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other wounds

How to Know if You Have a Case

Personal injury cases are based on negligence. This means the other driver was not only careless, but his / her carelessness caused your damages (injuries, emotional damages, missed wages, etc.). If you sustained a serious injury or other damages in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your suffering. With the help of a lawyer, you can prove the other driver is at fault for your injury and seek a fair recovery. In distracted driving cases, the at-fault driver is the driver who failed to pay attention and caused the accident.

Cell Phone Distracted Driving

A “distraction” might be any number of factors, including:

  • Texting while driving
  • Eating
  • Applying makeup
  • Reading
  • Talking on the phone
  • Checking emails
  • Using a GPS or navigation device
  • Adjusting the radio
  • And more

Is Texting While Driving Negligent?

Yes. The act of texting and driving is considered to meet all three types of distracted driving: Visual, manual, and cognitive. Texting while driving involves taking your eyes (and mind) off of the road and your hands off of the wheel. By texting while driving, drivers put their “need” to read a text over the safety of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Above all, distracted driving (such as texting while driving) is dangerous – even fatal. On average, a car traveling 55 miles per hour will cover the entire length of a football field in the few seconds it takes a driver to read or compose a text message. By law, a person commits negligence when he / she fails to exercise the same care another person would implement in the same situation. In many cases, it is entirely possible to demonstrate that a distracted driver falls into this category.

Any phone use meets some definition of distracted driving. Even talking on the phone via a hands-free device distracts drivers mentally from driving, and can have consequences that are just as dangerous as texting.

Texas Cell Phone Bans and Ordinances

Some cities, including Austin and El Paso, have bans specifically targeting cell phone use behind the wheel. While other cities do not have these restrictions, the principle of “negligence” can still apply to accidents that involve distracted drivers.

Statewide cell phone prohibitions include:

  • If you have a learner’s permit, you cannot use a handheld cell phone while driving for the first 6 months that you drive.
  • Any driver less than 18 years old cannot use a handheld cell phone while driving.
  • All drivers are prohibited from using cell phones in school zones, and school bus drivers can never use cell phones.

Texas Cell Phone Bans and Ordinances

With more than 100 years of legal experience, the Houston car accident lawyers at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs know what it takes to fight for your rights. We can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to following a car accident involving a distracted driver — compensation that can cover the expense of doctor’s visits, surgery, rehabilitation programs, prescriptions, and any other expenses you may have incurred as a result of your injuries.

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  • Tommy Fibich, a Houston Personal Injury lawyer

    Tommy Fibich

    Founding Partner

    Tommy Fibich is a widely respected Texas Trial Attorney who has dedicated 45 years to a life of law and advocacy.
  • Attorney Russell Briggs

    Russell Scott Briggs


    Russ Briggs is a native of Beaumont, Texas, the son of two teachers. He is happily married to Rebekah Briggs and they have two adult daughters
  • Attorney Erin Copeland

    Erin Copeland


    Erin K. Copeland is a partner with the law firm of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs in Houston, Texas.
  • Attorney Greg Fibich

    Greg Fibich


    A native Houstonian, Greg started his legal career at a highly respected, boutique defense firm.
  • Attorney Jay Henderson

    Jay Henderson


    Jay Henderson was born and raised in the East Texas town of Palestine. Jay graduated from Palestine High School in 1976.
  • Sara J Fendia, a Houston Personal Injury lawyer

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    Of Counsel

    Attorney Sara J. Fendia is an experienced trial lawyer who has spent her more than 25 years in the legal field
  • Kelly Bogusevic, a Houston Personal Injury lawyer

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    Kelley has spent her entire career representing individuals injured by the acts of others. She has the compassion and drive to get great results for her clients.
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    Mike Leebron was one of the state’s great trial lawyers until his death on July 6, 2013.
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    Attorney Anthony Foster of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs works on personal injury, products liability, business litigation, and Essure cases to help get clients maximum compensation for their injuries and losses.

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