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Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents in the United States. According to NHTSA, distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, call Thomas J. Henry Law. Our attorneys will work alongside accident reconstructionists and industry experts to build your claim to compensation. Call now for your FREE case consultation.

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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Any activity a driver engages in that isn’t driving is a potential crash-causing distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,477 people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015.

The United States Department of Transportation defines the three main types of distracted driving as follows:

  1. Visual — taking your eyes off the road
  2. Manual — taking your hands off the wheel
  3. Cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing

While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Research has indicated that even the use of hands-free phone conversations can cause drivers to miss visual and audio cues that could help them avoid an auto accident. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) estimated that at a typical daylight moment in 2014, there were 587,632 passenger vehicles driven by people using hand-held cell phones.

Distracted Driving Statistics

  • In 2015, there were 3,196 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
    • 3,477 people were killed in those wrecks
  • An estimated 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2014
  • Distracted driving is a factor in 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle wrecks and 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident injuries
  • In 2014, there were 551 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes
  • 322 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver between the age of 15 and 19
  • The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds
    • At 55 mph, this is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded

Contact an Experienced Distracted Driving Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. We can meet you wherever you reside, whether it be at home, at your workplace, or in the hospital. Contact us today for a free case review.

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Your Distracted Driving Accident Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a distracted driving accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Distracted driving is characterized by any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from the roadway. This sort of reckless behavior oftentimes leads to a car wreck and catastrophic injuries, and in the most severe cases, even death can occur.

Beyond cell phone usage, there are many other factors and actions that cause driver distraction.

  • Adjusting the radio, CD player, or other music players
  • Applying makeup or shaving
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading (maps, instructions, text messages)
  • Talking to passengers
  • Using a GPS or navigation system

Many elements can distract drivers and put them at risk of dangerous accidents. Some examples include:

  • Texting
  • Eating
  • Talking
  • Applying makeup or shaving
  • Reading (maps, instructions, text messages)
  • Fiddling with the radio, GPS, or some other device

Texting is by far the most dangerous distraction. Sending or reading a text removes your eyes from the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. The National Safety Council estimates that 26% of all car crashes involve cell phones.

According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers killed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed, there were:

  • 1,730 drivers
  • 605 passengers
  • 400 pedestrians
  • 77 bicyclists

Almost all states ban texting while driving. Breaking this law can incur fines, higher insurance premiums, and lost driving privileges. Although specific laws differ in each state, all areas treat distracted driving seriously, especially if the distracted driver caused an accident or seriously injured someone else.

A driver may be distracted if he:

  • Drives much faster or much slower than the speed limit or flow of traffic
  • Needlessly changes speed
  • Stops longer than needed at traffic lights or traffic signs
  • Weaves through traffic
  • Swerves side to side within a lane

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$50 Million

Net to Client: $27 Million

Expenses: $1.1 Million

Attorney Fees: $21 Million

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$35 Million

Net to Client: $22.2 Million

Expenses: $100 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $12.8 Million

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$30.2 Million

Net to Client: $20.1 Million


Expenses: $39.6 Thousand

Attorney Fees: $10.1 Million

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$14.8 Million

Net to Client: $6.7 Million

Expenses: $652 Thousand

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Net to Client: $10.4 Million

Expenses: $300 Thousand

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$10 Million

Net to Client: $5.6 Million

Expenses: $125 Thousand

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