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What does Texas's distracted driving law cover?

Most of us are aware of the dangers distracted driving causes on the road. It is estimated that one in five accidents are caused by distractions.

However, what the law specifies as "distracted driving" varies state to state, and in Texas it even varies city to city.

Texas’ continuing deadly streak

A sad reality of motor vehicle accidents is that they sometimes result in deaths. Unfortunately, it has been a long time since Texas has had a day that didn’t see any such tragedies out on the roads. In fact, you have to go all the way back to early November 2000 to find a day without any fatal crashes in the state.

So, this November marks the 18th straight year that there has been at least one traffic fatality a day out on Texas’ roads. Why do you think Texas’ traffic fatality streak has continued for so long?

Liability in Wrongful Death Cases

While no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help you hold the responsible party liable for you loved one's untimely death. It can also help you obtain the compensation you need to afford medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other general and punitive damages. A successful wrongful death suit will require you and your Austin wrongful death attorney to prove liability in order to seek compensation.

Hospice Care Negligence

Hospice care (also known as palliative care, when begun at diagnosis) is for terminally ill people who have stopped life-saving treatment. It is intended to keep recipients comfortable and cared for during their final days. However, without proper caution, training, and attention, caregivers can make major mistakes and do great harm to terminally ill patients. Patients can contract serious infections, experience additional pain and suffering, and even die sooner than necessary when hospice care is administered inappropriately.

Liability for Water Park Injuries

Water parks are popular destinations for families and thrill-seekers, especially during the summer months. However, they present an overabundance of opportunities for accidents. The types of injuries possible at a waterpark range from mere slips and falls to severe physical harm and wrongful death. One such water park accident occurred earlier this year and resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy, who died due to a deadly neck injury while on a waterslide at a Kansas water park.

Road Rage Liability

Road rage occurs when a driver exhibits angry, aggressive behavior on the roadway in an effort to intimidate other drivers or relieve stress. This can take any of the following forms:

  • Rude or inappropriate gestures
  • Yelling and hurling insults
  • Deliberately running other vehicles off the road
  • Forcing other drivers into a physical confrontation
  • Making threats
  • Intentionally colliding with other vehicles
  • Brandishing weapons
  • Encouraging passengers to engage in any of the above

David Komie Awarded Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney for 2017

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) is a newly-formed company - founded in 2014 - that recognizes attorneys for not only achieving greatness in their practices but, more importantly, have earned the trust of clients new and returning. Although the AIOPIA does use multiple factors when selecting its yearly membership candidates, it primarily focuses on how lawyers interact with clients and how clients rate their lawyers after a case closes. This uniquely steered selection process has allowed the AIOPIA to already become a go-to name when it comes to fairly assessing attorneys from all around the country and in all types of practice areas in regards to client satisfaction.

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