Distracted Driving Accidents & Statistics

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From cell phones to simply not paying attention, it only takes a split second of being distracted for an accident to occur. If you have been the victim of a distracted driving accident, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free consultation with a automobile accident lawyer.

Some of the statistics on distracted driving both nationwide and statewide in Texas are frightening. Particularly, these distracted driving statistics stand out:

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in the motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in the United States in 2015.
  • In 2016, The Texas Department of Transportation reported 455 deaths in 109,629 distracted driving crashes that occurred in the State of Texas alone.
  • Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 45 miles an hour means your car travels 330 feet—almost the full distance of a football field.

Is it really any wonder states are rushing to pass distracted driving laws and increase penalties for distracted driving? Watch this video to learn more:

Types of Distracted Driving

With the ever-increasing use and prevalence of cell phones, talking while driving and texting while driving have become hot issues across the United States with some people being charged with negligent homicide for using a cell phone and causing a crash. But there are many other forms of distracted driving that constitute negligence too. These include doing other activities unrelated to driving while operating a vehicle such as:

  • Sending, receiving, watching or reading any form of communication via a mobile electronic device
  • Changing the radio station
  • Putting on make-up
  • Shaving
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Combing hair
  • Tending to children in the back seat
  • Talking to passengers
  • Any other activity that takes your eyes off the road.

Is Distracted Driving Negligence?

Yes. Distracted driving is negligence on the part of the driver. Every driver has a legal duty to maintain a proper lookout while driving. Failure to maintain a proper lookout is negligence.

If you have been the victim of a distracted driving car accident, don’t become just another statistic. Talk to our distracted driving attorneys today: 1-800-298-0111.


Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.