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Texas Distracted Driving Facts

Distracted driving is considered any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road and the primary task of driving. While many of these distractions have only been introduced in the last few decades, some of them have been around long before cars. Common distractions include:

  • Food and drink
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Cellphones and text messages
  • Personal grooming
  • Stereo systems
  • Hands-free devices
  • Charging cables
  • Passengers
  • Video and DVD players

Unfortunately, any one of these distractions can cause an accident. In the blink of an eye, your life can change because of a distracted driver.

At the Houston law firm of B. L. Jensen, L.P., we handle distracted driving cases of all types, helping accident victims recover compensation for their losses. Our legal team is well-known for obtaining maximum compensation for our clients who have been injured by distracted drivers. Attorney Brian Jensen has practiced law for nearly 40 years and has been board certified in personal injury since 1982.

Stats On Distracted Driving

Studies have shown that drivers react more slowly to the visual and aural cues around them when they are distracted. A recent study by the AAA showed that even drivers using hands-free devices were three times more distracted than drivers who did not use cellphones while driving.

Here are some facts about distracted driving in Texas:

  • At any given moment, 10 percent of drivers are using their cellphones
  • In 2012, 90,378 crashes involved distracted driving
  • The majority of crashes in 2012 involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 24
  • The second largest number of crashes involved drivers over the age of 45

Here is more information about distracted driving in general:

  • In 2011, 387,000 people were injured and 3,331 were killed in accidents involving distracted driving
  • Sending a text message while driving takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, your car can travel the length of a football field during that time
  • Using a hands-free or Bluetooth device is not substantially safer than holding your cell phone
  • Any kind of distraction can take your attention away from the road long enough to cause an accident
  • Distracted drivers are up to 23 times more likely to cause an accident

If you have been seriously injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, our lawyers will personally guide you through the process of filing a claim.

Contact Us Today For Your Free Initial Consultation

Call the law firm of B. L. Jensen, L.P., at or toll free at 832-460-3366, or send an email to schedule a time to come in and talk about your distracted driving accident. Home and hospital visits can be arranged if you are unable to come to the office. We have three convenient locations available to serve you.

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