Distracted Teen Causes Car Accident in Houston, Dies Himself

An auto accident law firm in Houston knows that teenage drivers are at higher risk of causing accidents because of their inexperience. Distracted drivers using cell phones or texting while driving are a growing risk, on par with drunk driving accidents. When you put the two categories together, disaster and distracted driving traffic accidents are likely to ensue.

On Wednesday evening, this is exactly what happened. Justin Matthew Martinez, ages 18 was driving on Louetta Road near Haude Road at about 9 p.m. According to police, Martinez was not only speaking on his cell phone while driving, but he was also talking out of his window to a car in the lane next to him.

The vehicle in front of Martinez slowed down to make a turn, but because Martinez was distracted, he did not notice the slowed vehicle in front of him. When Martinez did notice the car in front of him, it was too late. He swerved to attempt to avoid hitting the car in front of him, but overcorrected and swerved into oncoming traffic.

The driver in the opposite lane of traffic hit the car that Martinez was driving, but was not at fault since Martinez swerved into the wrong lane. Martinez was not wearing a seat belt, and died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Mitsubishi that hit Martinez, and the passenger were injured. They were taken to a nearby hospital and reported to be in stable condition.

This accident is so regrettable because it was utterly preventable. Martinez was breaking at least two cardinal rules of safe driving: cell phone use, and wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing everyone can do to prevent injury and fatality in the event that you are involved in an accident. It is unknown if Martinez would have survived if he had been wearing a seat belt, but his chances would certainly have been significantly higher. As for using a cell phone while driving, it is simply dangerous.

Distracted driving accidents are as deadly as are drunk driving accidents, and shown to be comparable to having a blood alcohol content of .08- which is the legal limit. To protect yourself, and other drivers on the road, always wear a safety belt, and if you need to make a call or send a text, pull your vehicle over to do it, rather than trying to text or call while your car is moving.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a distracted driving accident, call Houston car accident lawyer Joe Stephens today at 281-623-1701 for a free consultation. Joe Stephens is a Houston injury lawyer who has been serving the Houston and South Texas communities for more than over 30 years, and will expertly handle your case on both a professional and a personal level. Call Joe Stephens today, or fill out a contact form and member of The Stephens Law Firm will contact you within 24 hours to schedule your free consultation.