texting while drivingA recent poll shows that despite being aware of the dangers of texting and driving and other activities that contribute to distracted driving, many Americans still engage in these unsafe driving practices. In an online poll conducted by Harris Interactive, 90 percent of the 2,045 adults who participated in the survey said texting while driving was wrong, yet over one-third of participants admitted they read and send text messages when they are driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, there were 3,328 people killed in crashes caused by a distracted driver. Another 420,000 people were injured. The risk of getting into a vehicle crash triples when a person uses a cell phone or other mobile device. The large number of distracted driving victims has spurred national campaigns by many organizations to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. According to poll participants’ responses, that education appears to be working: Being a passenger in a vehicle where the driver is engaging in dangerous driving habits does not seem to make a difference, either. Two-thirds say they ride with drivers who talk on the phone while driving, and half of the participants say they have been a passenger where the driver is reading or sending text messages. If you have been injured in a crash that was caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what legal compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.