Determining The Cause

According to government data, cellphone use was reported in almost one-fifth of all distraction-related fatalities. Texting or checking GPS is not the only negligent actions that lead to crashes. Drunk driving remains another cause in many serious accidents even though Texas has some of the strictest criminal penalties in the country.

At Apffel Law Firm in League City, we handle all types of motor vehicle cases and will travel to meet you in Harris, Brazoria and Galveston counties as well as south Houston. Our managing attorney is a board-certified specialist in personal injury trial law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

We independently investigate all accident claims that we handle. When we uncover negligent actions, we do not let distracted motorists, drunk drivers or their insurance companies off the hook. Our team will manage all legal aspects of your case, including communications with insurance companies. We fight to obtain maximum compensation even if the negligent driver was uninsured or underinsured.

What Are The Causes Of Distracted Driving?

People are distracted while driving in three ways: visually by taking our eyes off the road, manually, by taking our hands off the wheel and mentally by taking our mind off the task of driving. Here are a few activities that can result in distracted driving:

  • Texting or talking on a cellphone or smartphone
  • Eating, putting on makeup or talking to passengers
  • Using GPS navigation systems
  • Watching a video — yes, unfortunately this does happen
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or an MP3 player

Research has found that the brain shuts off the autopilot function when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road. This is what makes smartphone use behind the wheel so dangerous.

Identifying Alcohol Or Drug Impaired Driving

Impaired driving accidents account for a large proportion of accident injuries in the Texas Gulf Coast area. In a drunk driving case, there may be the potential for two claims: one against the driver and another against a bar in certain circumstances.

We will help you pursue fair financial compensation that covers medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, long-term care costs, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. Punitive damages may also be available to send a message and keep our roads safe in the future.

Why You Need To Call Us Right Away

Insurance companies, even your own, will not explain your full legal options. One of these is to recover under your own policy, if the other driver in uninsured or underinsured.

Schedule a free initial consultation with Trey Apffel at 281-724-4701 or online to learn more.