Even though intoxication may seem like the most obvious leading cause of vehicle fatalities, that is not the case. Unfortunately, distracted driving takes the number one spot. Distracted driving is anything that can cause you to lose focus while on the road. While anything that can cause a distraction may seem like an urgent matter, like taking an important call, it is best recommended to pull up to the side. If you suffered severe injuries due to a distracted driver, you need to hold them accountable.
Distracted driving is a behavior that is already legally condemned in a lot of places. Why do individuals continue to ignore the damage distracted driving may have on lives? Distracted driving can cause physical injuries and a trauma that is long-term and irreversible.
Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers in Houston, Texas
Our attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group fight aggressively for our clients’ right to compensation. You may be eligible to receive exemplary damages if gross negligence was found in the accident. We understand the difficulty your family may be facing following the accident. Our attorneys are here for you.
We work with clients in the cities of Houston, Galveston, Katy, Tomball, and more. Call (832) 530-4070 for a confidential consultation or fill out an initial contact form at the bottom of the page.
Houston Distracted Driving Information Center
- What are the Most Common Distractions?
- Distracted Driving Statistics
- How to Prove Distracted Driving?
- Additional Resources
Common Distractions That Lead To Accidents
The most common driving distractions on any U.S. road are as follows:
- Texting and driving
- Talking on the phone and driving
- Talking to other people inside the car
- Messing with the radio/music
- Messing with the navigation map system
- Eating and drinking
- Searching for something inside the car
- Putting on makeup or looking in the mirror
Driving distractions can also be grouped into 3 different types. The three main types include:
- Visual = Taking your eyes off the road;
- Manual = Taking your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive = Taking your mind off driving (CDC).
Distracted Driving Statistics
- The most common texting and driving statistic is the fact that the amount of time it takes to send or read a text (about 5 seconds) is approximately the amount of time traveled through a whole football field at 55 mph (CDC).
- Students who reported texting and driving were also found to be less likely to wear a seatbelt and more likely to drink and drive (CDC).
- From 2009-2018, 16 to 24-year olds have been continuously ranked higher on driver handheld cellphone use than their older counterparts (Insurance Information Institute).
- Between 2017 and 2018, driver handheld cellphone use increased for all age groups. The highest increase was seen in 70 and over year olds who increased driver handheld cellphone use from 0.8% to 1.9% (Insurance Information Institute).
- Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers.
- The fatal crash rate for teens is three times greater than for drivers age 20 and over.
- In 2018, 18% of motor vehicle crashes on Texas roadways were caused by distracted driving (Texas Department of Transportation).
Proving a Distracted Driver
Distracted driving is a form of negligence while driving. When filing for a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit, negligence must be proven to recover for damages. Because a distracted driver is hidden away in his or her car from everyone else to see what behavior they are doing inside their car, it can be difficult to prove that an exact behavior was the cause of a vehicular accident. However, when searching for evidence, things like cellphone texts, recent calls log, and food items can provide a hint of distracted driving. While the insurance company covering the accident may not go as far as checking any records, a lawsuit, especially one involving a court trial may warrant for the other driver’s cell phone records as evidence.
Per the Texas statute of limitations, you have two years from the date of the accident to file for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Even if criminal charges have already been filed and resulted in its own investigation and determination, you can still file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit separately.
Talk, Text, Crash | Texas Department of Transportation – Since 2017, Texas regulations have banned texting and driving, yet the number of texting and driving use has not changed much since. Talk, Text, Crash is a statewide campaign initiated by the Texas Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce the high number of road accidents related to distracted driving.
PEERS Foundation | Distracted Driving – The PEERS Foundation is a nonprofit organized aimed at empowering young people and equipping them with the necessary skills to be successful. Young people are often at the forefront of texting and driving accidents. Don’t Text and Drive is a specific initiative at informing teens on safe driving habits and more.
Contact a Harris County Lawyer for Distracted Driving
Distracted driving ends more lives than alcohol and drugs on the road. Distracted driving is an avoidable act that needs to be condemned to reduce it from harming any more lives. Any injury sustained in a distracted driving accident is likely to be severe and need prolonged medical care that can put a heavy economic strain on the victims of the accident. If the other party’s insurance company refuses to pay up for more medical costs or refuses to accept the driver’s fault, filing a lawsuit may be more suitable.
At The Gonzalez Law Group, we can help you hold the other party responsible by suing the responsible party for damages. Our attorneys do not settle at the first offer but litigate for the highest compensation available. Come to our office for further evaluation of your legal options.
We work with clients in the counties of Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery, Liberty, Brazoria, and Chambers. Call (832) 530-4070 for a consultation or fill out a free case review at the bottom of the page.