Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney Jason Stephens Calls for Better Distracted Driving Reporting

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A personal injury lawyer from the Stephens, Anderson & Cummings law firm in Texas says a new study underscores the need for changes in the way that distracted driving accidents are reported.

We have seen too many families torn apart by tragic accidents that were inaccurately blamed on driver inexperience and other factors. Our lawmakers cannot adequately address the issue of distracted driving until we recognize the seriousness of the issue.

Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Jason Stephens said today that a May 7 report by the National Safety Council revealing that distracted drivers present an even greater threat than previously documented should serve as a “call for action.” The NSC article is titled “Recent analysis indicates cell phone distracted driving crashes vastly under-reported.”

Stephens, a founding partner of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, LLP, in Fort Worth, noted that when accident causes are under-reported, it becomes more difficult to pass stricter laws to protect the rights of innocent motorists who are the victims of reckless drivers, he said.

The NSC report was the subject of an Associated Press story, “Study: Distracted Driving Deaths Unreported,” carried across the nation, including by Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA.com, on May 7.

“This report should be read and heard as a call for action in Texas and across the nation,” said Stephens, whose firm represents people injured in accidents and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “We have seen too many families torn apart by tragic accidents that were inaccurately blamed on driver inexperience and other factors. Our lawmakers cannot adequately address the issue of distracted driving until we recognize the seriousness of the issue.”

For example, the report shows the state of Texas, with a population of nearly 26 million people, reported 48 fatal crashes involving cell phones in 2011, while Tennessee, with about one-quarter the population, recorded 93 deaths.

“Numbers may not lie, but they do not always tell the whole truth,” Stephens said. “In another report, ‘Our Driving Concern,’ the National Safety Council specifically cited our state, saying that ‘distracted driving has become an increasingly large problem on Texas roadways in the last few years.’”

Even if state laws some day catch up to the facts, he added, people who believe they have been the victims of Dallas-Fort Worth distracted driving accidents should rely on experienced personal injury lawyers. Stephens said any investigation into a possible distracted driving accident is likely to be complicated by the fact that many drivers deny they were talking on a cell phone in an effort to avoid liability. He said the guilty party might even try to shift blame for the accident onto the victim. He noted that a law firm dedicated to investigating distracted driving accidents, whether they are cell phone or texting accidents, can interview witnesses, visit the accident scene, and review police reports, hospital records and telephone records to determine the real cause of an accident – and who is legally liable for a financial settlement.

For more information about what to do after a car accident in Texas and the legal options available to Texas families, call (877) 920-9009 or go to http://www.stephensanderson.com.

About Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP
Serving clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and throughout Texas and Oklahoma, the personal injury law firm of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP has a strong track record for winning a wide range of legal cases. From auto accidents to construction accidents, attorneys Jason Stephens, Seth Anderson and John Cummings also handle truck accidents, oil and gas well accidents, sexual abuse and wrongful death cases. Stephens Anderson & Cummings provides a free case analysis to all potential clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay fees and expenses if the firm makes a recovery.

Stephens Anderson & Cummings is located at 4200 West Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

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