Many Texas drivers likely recognize the dangers posed by operating a cell phone while driving. However, it is not uncommon for some drivers to occupy themselves with texting and even surfing the Internet while driving. Cases have been reported of drivers checking Facebook updates and even sending tweets on Twitter while driving. Not only are they putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of their passengers and the occupants of other cars that may be involved in a potential car accident.
On a recent Sunday afternoon a 21-year-old driver transporting a passenger in a Mitsubishi apparently ran a stop sign in Paris. Police alleged that the driver was busy texting as she entered the intersection. Her vehicle collided with another one in the intersection. She then lost control of the vehicle and only came to a halt after crashing into a residence.
All four occupants of the second car were injured and transported to two different hospitals in the area. The Mitsubishi’s front seat passenger was airlifted to a hospital after being ejected from the car. The media report made no mention of injuries suffered by the texting driver.
Residents of Texas who have been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver retain the right to pursue a personal injury claim in a civil court. In the accident described here, all four occupants of the second vehicle, along with the passenger who was ejected from the Mitsubishi have the right to pursue claims. If they can establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the collision and resulting injuries were caused by the negligence of the driver that apparently ran the stop sign, a civil court will consider demands for specific items of damage.
Source: eparisextra.com, "Car Accident on Sunday Sends Six to Hospital", , May 19, 2014