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Distracted driving is a growing problem. In 2018 alone, distracted driving caused 2,841 fatalities in the U.S. The use of smartphones to text, tweet, and update social media accounts while driving is, unfortunately, leading to an increased number of accidents. Many people think that texting and driving is no big deal as they engage in such conduct regularly. The truth, however, is that it only takes one mishap to change someone’s life forever.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, it’s imperative that you contact an attorney right away. Distracted driving accidents can cause severe injuries and financial loss. Our expert accident attorneys are ready to help the victims of distracted driving. We know how to deal with predatory insurance companies and will fight to get you maximum compensation. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.


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Injured in a Crash due to a Distracted Driver?

Types of Distractions

Anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road is a distraction. These distractions can be categorized into three main types:

  • Visual distractions – Distractions that cause a driver’s eyes to leave the road.
    • Examples include:
      • Looking at a phone screen
      • Looking at a GPS
      • Using the vanity mirror to check one’s appearance
  • Manual distractions – Distractions involving a driver’s hands, leaving them unable to control the vehicle fully.
    • Examples include:
      • Texting
      • Adjusting the radio
      • Eating and drinking
  • Cognitive distractions – Distractions that take a driver’s mind off the road. 
    • Examples include:
      • Daydreaming
      • Listening to music too loudly
      • Having a conversation with other people in the car

Distracted Driving Statistics

  • In 2018 distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in the U.S, including 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists
  • Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes
  • In 2017, 9% of all teen motor vehicle crash deaths involved distracted driving
  • In 2017, 42% of high school students who drove in the past 30 days reported sending a text or email while driving
  • In a recent survey by Volvo, 93% of polled drivers admitted to talking on the phone while driving
  • In the same survey, 60% of respondents said they sent texts and 56% said they checked notifications while driving

Our Expert Attorneys Can Help You Get Justice After an Accident

“Our goal is to help you through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can focus on getting life back on track.”

Texas law requires that drivers refrain from operating a vehicle while distracted. A driver violates this obligation when they operate their car while sending a text, sending a tweet, updating Facebook, taking a selfie, or talking on the phone. If such conduct results in an accident, then the victim may recover for their injuries so long as they were not more at fault than the other driver. 

In these cases, it may be necessary to obtain the defendant’s cell phone records to show which type of conduct they were engaging in at the time of the accident. If a trial is necessary, then such records may be presented to the jury to prove the defendant’s negligence. Retaining an accident attorney to assist you with this process is crucial.

Dan Christensen is an Austin lawyer assisting residents injured by the negligence of another. In a distracted driving case, he and our team of expert accident attorneys will immediately obtain the police reports as well as any other available evidence. Should we not be able to reach a settlement with the insurance company, then we will file a Petition with Court in order to initiate a lawsuit.

We will then use discovery (the process by which information is obtained from the other side) to gain cell phone records, social media information, as well as other evidence establishing the type of conduct that the defendant was engaging in. We will aggressively represent you at trial and take steps to ensure that you are prepared for each step of the process.

We understand that you are facing a serious situation; distracted driving can result in injuries such as paralysis, spinal damage, head injuries, or even wrongful death. Our office will focus on your case so you can focus on getting your life back on track. Contact us today to speak with our attorneys.

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Our office was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to the highest level of respect. Dan is a former prosecuting attorney and military member. He has spent his career assisting others which is why he now devotes his practice to those who are the victims of negligence. We strive to provide a high level of service. This includes returning all phone calls and e-mails within twenty-four hours, providing clients with our lawyers’ cell phone numbers, and ensuring that we are responsive to your needs and concern. Everything related to your case will be explained to you in simple terms to make sure you understand and no question goes unanswered.

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Distracted Driving FAQs

What is the definition of distracted driving?

Distracted driving happens when a driver engages in any activity that may cause distraction or takes their focus, eyes, or mental concentration off the task of driving. Common types of distracted driving include texting and driving, eating while driving, driving while intoxicated.

How to prevent distracted driving?

To prevent distracted driving, you need to limit all unnecessary activities in the car. For example, you can turn off your phone or put it in the glove compartment, lower the volume of your radio, and call a cab or car service if you’ve been drinking. If you absolutely need to take care of a non-driving related task while in the car, pull over and park.

How many accidents are caused by distracted driving?

Each year, distracted drivers cause about 2.5 million car accidents. Additionally, the CDC estimates that up to 9 people are killed due to distracted driving accidents every day.

Which is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving?

By sheer volume of accidents alone, texting while driving is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving. Each year texting while driving is the cause of over 330,000 accidents. Texting while driving takes drivers’ eyes off of the road and their hands off the wheel, as well as causing a cognitive distraction.