Signs the Other Driver Was Texting during an Accident By Greg Burton on July 20, 2021

man driving and textingDistracted driving is a major cause of car accidents and one of the most dangerous types is texting while driving. Car accident lawyers Randy Akin and Greg Burton can help accident victims recover the maximum compensation for injuries caused by texting drivers. 

Texting drivers often know they shouldn’t be texting and try to hide it, which can make it difficult to notice when an accident was caused by a texting driver. Texting drivers need to be held accountable when they cause an accident. Knowing telltale signs that the other driver was texting is key for injury claims in Longview, TX

Texting While Driving Is Dangerous

Texting while driving requires the driver to take their eyes off the road, their hands off their steering wheel, and their attention from driving. It’s perhaps one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving and it’s illegal in Longview and the entire state of Texas. 

Despite texting while driving being both dangerous and illegal, drivers still do it all the time. Unfortunately, this frequently leads to accidents. Identifying the signs of texting while driving can help hold texting drivers responsible when they cause an accident. The following are some of the most common signs that someone is texting while driving.

Looking Down

One of the biggest signs of a texting driver is the driver looking down instead of at the road. Texting drivers may look up and down quickly or spend several seconds looking down while they read and write texts.  

Hunched Posture

Similar to looking down, texting drivers may drive with a hunched posture. The hunched posture may be from holding a phone in place in their lap or from looking down at their phone. 

Glowing Light

A glowing light coming from the driver’s lap, hand, or within their reach can indicate they’re writing and receiving texts. 

Phone lights may be easiest to see at night but some are bright enough to see during the day so be mindful of glowing lights near a driver’s seat at all times of day. 

Failure to Obey Traffic Signals 

Texting drivers often try to take advantage of stop lights and may fail to notice when a stop light turns green. Worse than sitting at a green light is when texting drivers drive through a red light or stop sign because they were looking away from the road. 

Driving Slowly

Texting drivers may be so distracted that they drive slower than is safe for road conditions. While some only accidentally drive slowly while texting, others may do so deliberately under the false assumption that it’s safer to drive slowly while texting.  

Swerving or Drifting

When drivers aren’t focused on operating their vehicle, they begin to make noticeable errors in their steering. Texting drivers may be noticed by the swerving or drifting in their lane. 

Holding Texting Drivers Liable

It’s important that those who have caused an accident due to texting and driving are held responsible for their actions. A car accident attorney can help gather evidence to show that a driver was texting at the time of an accident so that injured parties can get the settlement they deserve.   

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys

If you have been involved in a car accident, car accident attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton can review your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office in Longview at (903) 297-8929 to schedule a consultation

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