A new government report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), confirms that driver distraction is a major cause of catastrophic and fatal motor vehicle accidents on our roadways. NHTSA released new statistics regarding driver distraction for 2008:
- There were 34,017 fatal car crashes in 2008, in which 37,261 people were killed. Driver distraction was found to have been involved in 16 percent of those fatal car crashes in 2008;
- Approximately 2,346,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2008, of which 22 percent of those collisions involved distracted driving.
Lately, there has been an increased focus put on the problem of distracted driving. Whether from eating, drinking, conversing with passengers, talking on a cell phone, or text messaging, it is clear that distracted driving can result in serious personal injury or death. Some studies show it is more dangerous than drunk driving.
Sadly, these types of car accidents are all too common, and as a Mesquite TX personal injury lawyer, I am too frequently asked to help family members who suffer these types of tragedies deal with the aftermath. Due to the lack of punishment, text messaging while driving has become the biggest safety concern on our roads. It is the cause of numerous major motor vehicle collisions in our communities like Garland, Plano, and Mesquite, Texas.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in Plano, Garland, or Mesquite TX, or the surrounding areas, a Texas personal injury attorney can help you. Our car wreck attorneys offer free consultations on personal injury claims. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed, you should contact a Mesquite car accident lawyer immediately so that you can protect your legal rights and cover your damages. Call our office at (972) 231-5800 for more information or click here to contact us by email.