Beginning in late March 2016, an app called ParkX will allow drivers in downtown Austin, Texas to pay for parking meters electronically. This will remove the need to use cash or credit cards, as drivers will be able to pay using their smartphones instead. The benefits of this new program are apparent, as it will make downtown parking easier and more efficient. Drivers who are in a hurry will save valuable time paying via app, rather than searching for cash or swiping a card.
However, with the increasing capabilities of smartphones, phone use while driving is becoming more common. With apps like ParkX, GPS and Spotify, drivers are becoming increasingly more likely to be distracted while driving and parking, which increases the likelihood of car accidents. Concerns about phone use while driving has led to several laws prohibiting certain cell phone conduct while driving in many states.
Distracted driving can result in fender benders, pedestrian collisions, traffic signal violations, rear end collisions, and other accidents that can cause significant property damage or personal injury. Anyone who has been involved in a car accident in Austin where distracted driving is a factor should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Distracted driving can constitute negligence and give rise to a claim for damages in some instances.
An experienced Austin car accident attorney can provide legal advice and representation for those involved in car accidents. They will discuss the various options provided by the law to help you make an informed decision and fully understand the process. Terry & Kelly, PLLC will review the facts of your case and help you determine if you have a claim for damages. Contact us at 512-910-2000 to schedule a free initial consultation and case review.
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