Did you know that each year more than 100,000 crashes in Texas involve driver distraction? Despite this and other staggering statistics that underscore the dangers of distracted driving, accidents involving distracted drivers are still on the rise.
In fact, a recent study shows that Texas is among the top 20 states with the most distracted drivers.
Texas is the 17th worst state for phone distraction among drivers.
According to the study, drivers look at their smartphones on 88 out of 100 trips, and on an hour-long trip, drivers used their phones for an average of 3.5 minutes. That is a long time to be distracted, especially when you consider that traffic and road conditions can change in the blink of an eye.
Texting while driving isn’t the only phone-related distraction that causes accidents.
When asked in a recent report, Texans admitted to using their phones not so much for texting, but for checking social media, listening to music and staying reachable by their employers and family. Still, these are all forms of driver distraction, and distracted driving nationwide takes hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
Accident victims need and deserve compensation.
Even when distraction is known to be the cause of a serious accident, insurance companies often make initial settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering the full extent of the injuries. Before accepting such an offer, victims should speak with a personal injury attorney who handles these types of claims on a contingency-fee basis. That means you do not owe an attorney’s fee unless the attorney recovers compensation for you.
The job of a personal injury lawyer is to assess the full extent of your injuries and fight to maximize the amount of compensation you receive. For more on that, please see our personal injury overview.