The Texas Department of Transportation is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving called Talk. Text. Crash. The campaign is intended to encourage Texans to put down their cell phones while they are driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities from distracted driving are on the rise. The proportion of fatalities reported with driver distraction increased from 10 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2009. A big portion of the increase can be blamed on cell phones and the increased popularity of texting or emailing while driving.

In Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, about 25 percent of crashes involve driver distraction. In 2009, over 100,000 vehicles were involved in accidents in Texas involving driver distraction, and 408 of those crashes were fatal.

Although cell phone usage, including talking and texting, is one of the most common causes of distracted driving, there are many other driver distractions that can cause a driver to wreck. Some of the more common causes of distracted driving are eating, smoking, talking to others in the car, or using a GPS device or a radio. In 2009, 3,308 crashes in Texas were attributed to cell phone usage. In 41 of those accidents, at least one person was killed.

Have you been injured in a Texas accident that was caused by a distracted driver? If so, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries from that other driver. Contact automobile accident attorney Kris Barber at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 to learn more.