Dallas Distracted Driving Lawyer

Doug Goyen, AttorneySince 1997, attorney Doug Goyen has represented people needing a Dallas distracted driving lawyer in personal injury cases involving automobile accidents. When Dallas residents require the services of a Dallas auto accident attorney, the Law Office of Doug Goyen assists them in obtaining the compensation they are entitled to. For our clients, the Law Office of Doug Goyen provides experienced, aggressive, and powerful representation. Our outcomes have been proven repeatedly. We obtain compensation for our client’s injury claims.

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Attorney Doug Goyen is a Dallas car crash lawyer who has handled thousands of injury cases, including those involving texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving, and has collected millions of dollars in settlements and judgments from those cases. Doug Goyen received his bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994. He received his law degree in 1997 after graduating from SMU Law School. Doug Goyen has been a practicing attorney in Texas since 1997.

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DISTRACTED DRIVING IN TEXAS

According to the Texas Department of Insurance, every year, distracted drivers cause approximately 391,000 injuries and nearly 3,500 deaths in the United States. Every day, over 100 people are killed in car accidents. Distracted driving is responsible for nine of those fatalities.

In 2018, the NHTSA reported that the number of people injured in distraction-related crashes was estimated to be 400,000, accounting for 15% of all injured people. In 2018, approximately one in every five people who died in crashes involving a distracted driver were not in vehicles… they were walking, riding their bikes, or otherwise outside of a vehicle. 

Texting and driving (any kind of tapping on your phone screen while driving, or reading your phone screen) have become such a common cause of car accident injury cases that it is now classified separately from distracted driving. With car accidents involving injuries, it is now standard practice to determine whether any of the drivers were using their phones in any capacity at the time of the collision. People driving while using their cellphones, texting, or looking at their phones is a major cause of unnecessary car accidents and injury to others. People who are injured in car accidents caused by drivers who are using their mobile devices or cell phones are frequently forced to seek the services of a car accident injury lawyer due to the injuries caused by these drivers. Because they are multitasking while driving, these drivers are dangerous and frequently weave in and out of their lanes.

Texting and driving are obviously dangerous when a driver is distracted by texting while driving. Many drivers believe they can text and drive safely, but the results show just how distracted you are when your attention is focused on your phone. If you need a Dallas distracted driving lawyer, call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. Attorney Goyen has years of proven experience collecting compensation for his clients as a Dallas accident lawyer

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DALLAS DISTRACTED DRIVER LAWYER CHECKLIST AFTER AN ACCIDENT

If anyone is injured, dial 911. If anyone is hurt, call 911 and inform the dispatcher that there are injuries as a result of an accident, as well as your location. Police and paramedics will be dispatched to the scene by the dispatcher. When the cops arrive, they will secure the area and assist anyone who has been injured until the paramedics arrive. They will take statements from those who were involved in the accident and write an accident report later.  

Additionally, you need to do the following to protect your rights at the accident scene: 

a. Gather any information about witnesses. If there are any witnesses to the accident, obtain their names, phone numbers, and any other contact information they may provide. The other driver may initially admit fault, but once the Police arrive, they may change their story. You need any witness information to give to the officer. After leaving the scene of the accident, the other driver’s story may change as they speak with their spouse, friends, or become concerned about their insurance rates rising. In the event that this occurs, your lawyer will require the witness’s contact information.

b. Communicate with the other drivers. Texas law requires all drivers involved in an accident to exchange identification and auto liability insurance, regardless of who is at fault. Take photos of the other driver’s ID and insurance information with your cellphone and save them for your records.

c. Photograph the vehicles and the accident scene. Take photos of the points of impact for all vehicles involved, including any damage. Photograph the license plates. Photograph any skid marks or accident debris on the road. Take pictures of the road in both the direction you were going and the direction you were coming from. Take photos of the road in the direction they were driving and the direction they were coming from for the other driver.

d. Speak with the officer in charge of the accident investigation. When the cops arrive, cooperate with them. They will interview each driver separately, away from the other drivers, to get their version of what happened. Make sure to tell the officer your version of what happened. Inform the officer if you are in pain or have been injured. All of this information will be entered into the police officer’s accident report.

e. If you are injured, allow paramedics to examine you. When the paramedics arrive, tell them if you are hurt or in pain or discomfort. If they advise you to go to the emergency room, you should follow their advice. Paramedics are trained to assist in car accidents and to look for signs of injuries that may be more serious than you realize, if not life-threatening. Take their advice.

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WHAT YOU CAN RECOVER FOR YOUR INJURY CLAIM

In a personal injury claim or case, Texas law allows you to recover. Personal injury attorneys use the term “damages” to describe how you were harmed or suffered a loss in your personal injury or wrongful death case.

If you have one or more of the following types of injuries, Texas law allows you to recover money to pay for the injury that was caused by the negligent conduct, as well as the damage, harm, or loss that was caused. The person or company responsible for the accident or injury may be forced to pay for the following injuries or damages.

Medical bills, both past and future, are frequently recoverable in personal injury cases. The total amount of medical bills incurred to treat your injury, both in the past and in the future. Past and future lost earning capacity or income, the amount of money you could have earned if you hadn’t been injured, or the amount of money you actually did lose due to the injury and will lose in the future.

If you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation for past and future pain and suffering. Compensation is granted based on a jury’s common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In order to settle a claim, the value of pain and suffering is determined by imagining what a jury would think the value is. Past and future mental anguish, how your physical injury has caused mental anguish to such an extent that it is more than disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.

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TEXAS LAW REGARDING DISTRACTED DRIVING

Reading, writing, or sending electronic messages while operating a vehicle on a public roadway is a violation of Texas Transportation Code Section 545.4251, unless the vehicle is stopped. This section was added to Texas Transportation Code Section 545.425, which already made using a cellphone or mobile device in a school zone illegal in Texas. One exception to this rule is when you are using it in a hands-free setting – in other words, when you are playing with it in your hands.

To add to this, it is a violation of Texas Transportation Code Section 545.4252 to use an electronic device while operating a vehicle on public school property. Because a school parking lot is not a public roadway, this section was added. As a result, you are not permitted to use your mobile device while operating a vehicle, even in a public school parking lot – or anywhere else on school property.

Texas Transportation Code Section 545.425 is even stricter when it comes to drivers under the age of 18. A driver under the age of 18 is not only not permitted to use a mobile device for reading, writing, or sending messages, but they are also not permitted to use a hands-free device.

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If you or someone you know needs the assistance of a Dallas distracted driving lawyer in an injury case call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation and a free strategy session regarding your case. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, identification of the legal issues involved with your case, and identifying those legal issues that will help maximize your recovery in your case. We will email a copy of this strategy session to you for you to keep.

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HOW MUCH WE CHARGE – CONTINGENCY FEE

There is no fee unless and until you win! If we work on your case, we charge a contingency fee, which means that if we don’t win, we don’t get paid. The better we do for you, the better we are compensated – our interest is the same as yours.

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DIRECTIONS TO OUR OFFICE

Law Office of Doug Goyen
15851 Dallas Pkwy #605
Addison, Texas 75001
(972) 599 4100 phone
(972) 398 2629 fax

Directions to our office: We are on the southbound side of the service road to the Tollway. Stay on the Dallas North Tollway until you come to the Keller Springs exit. Take the Keller Spring exit. Stay on the service road on the southbound side and go just past Keller Springs. Our office is the 2nd building south of Keller Springs, located on the service road to the North Dallas Tollway in the Madison Business Center on the 6th floor.

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@goyenlaw.com

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