Brunkenhoefer Turman PLLC Wins Prestigious 2014 Litigator-award

PRESS RELEASE: Brunkenhoefer, PLLC Wins Prestigious 2014 Litigator Award (presented by The Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC d/b/a Litigator Awards)

Brunkenhoefer, PLLC Wins Prestigious 2014 Litigator Award (presented by The Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, LLC d/b/a Litigator Awards)

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Will Corpus Christi Distracted Driver Law Reduce Car Accidents?

Will Corpus Christi Distracted Driver Law Reduce Car Accidents?

Recently in Corpus Christi, a new city law passed that imposes a $500 fine if the police spot a driver using a cell phone. For years, car accident attorneys in Corpus Christi and across the country have been seeing more cases involving driver distraction. In our previous blog posts, we have discussed how prevalent the problem has become. In this day and age, everyone is tied to their smartphones. We are conditioned to respond to the ping of a text, phone call or app alert. Car manufacturers are adding more options to incorporate hands-free operation of a phone. But will/would this law reduce auto accidents?

According to a study done by the University of California Berkeley, a California law making hands-free use mandatory that went into effect in 2008 was related to a 20% reduction in fatalities and collisions from the average of the previous 3-5 years. However, a study released this past June from the American Auto Association’s Foundation for Highway Safety found that hands-free systems are more distracting than hand held phones.

These hands-free systems supposedly create a significant cognitive distraction. The study states that the brain is so engaged in interacting with the system that despite having hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, reaction time is delayed up to 1/5th of a second. With over nine million hands-free system equipped vehicles on the road, if this conclusion is bears out, it may be that the current solution is worse than the problem.

Whether new laws like the one in Corpus Christi will result in a reduction in car accidents and fatalities time will tell. However, for now distracted driving is still a major source of today’s car accident cases seen by our attorneys.


No matter how hard we try, we may still end up in a car accident—with injuries caused by a distracted driver. If the worst occurs to you or your family, we can help. The experienced trial attorneys of the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm can help you get back on your feet. We understand what it takes to get you justice when faced with a severe car accident injury. Call us now for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your legal options. Put our 37 years of experience to work for you. Contact an experienced Corpus Christi car accident lawyer from the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm at (361) 888-8808 now.

Texas Still A Leader In Teen Driver Car Accident Fatalities

Texas Still A Leader In Teen Driver Car Accident Fatalities

Motor vehicle accidents are still a primary cause of death for teens behind the wheel. Texas is still among the highest in teen driving fatalities, with only three states in the nation reporting more. While this is down slightly from last year (second highest), Corpus Christi and other Texas cities have continued to report some of the highest numbers of teen auto collision deaths in the nation.

In fact, according to preliminary analysis of last year’s data, teen driver car accident fatalities are still on the rise nationally, despite an ongoing nationwide safety effort. After many years of declining numbers, for the past few years, the trend has reversed. The 2012 report from the GHSA shows a nationwide preliminary increase of 19% from 2011 to 2012.

What Can Parents Do?

It is important that parents teach your teenagers to avoid the hazards responsible for the greatest number of serious car accidents involving teens.

Driving too fast for the road conditions

Even if the posted speed limit is up to 75 on some highways, your teen needs to know to pay attention to traffic congestion, objects in the road, bad weather conditions, and poorly lit areas. Our car accident attorneys have seen many cases in general where the victim was hurt by a driver who ignored these very issues.

Recognizing driver distractions

Everyone should know about the hazards of texting, cell phones, and other electronic devices, (and if you don’t, please see some of our other blog posts here Three Times The Population of Corpus Christi on a Cell Phone While Driving? and here Will Corpus Christi Distracted Driver Law Reduce Car Accidents?) and a family policy against use of such devices can go a long way toward helping. But there are other distractions that a teen may face that they should be taught to recognize. For example, other teen passengers and overly loud music in the car can distract a teen driver from hearing an oncoming hazard.

Teen drivers are inexperienced, and need to develop good driving habits now, to make our roads safer in the future. For further information, on how to discuss these suggestions with your teenage drivers, and National Teen Driver Safety Week, visit for more information.

Free Consultation With A Corpus Christi Car Accident Attorney

We at the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm sincerely hope you and your family are not involved in an auto collision. But if it happens, we can help. The experienced trial lawyers at the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm know what it takes to get you justice, and get you through a severe car accident injury. Call us now 24/7 for a free consultation, and discuss your legal options. Put our 37 years of experience to work for you. Contact an experienced Corpus Christi car accident lawyer at (361) 888-8808 today.

Important Motorcycle Accident Facts

Important Motorcycle Accident Facts

A motorcycle crash can be devastating for victims. Aside from the debilitating physical injuries, such as spinal cord and brain injury, that can result from a motorcycle accident, injury victims will also rack up expensive medical bills and may have to take time off work while they are recovering. Sadly, most motorcycle accidents could have been prevented if motorcyclists and the operators of other vehicles on the road knew some important motorcycle accident facts. Below are a few facts that can help to keep motorcyclists and their passengers safe on the road.

Motorcycles Have Low Visibility

In 38 percent of the crashes that involved a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, the other vehicle involved was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or attempting to overtake another vehicle. This is due in part to the low visibility of motorcycles compared with other vehicles on the road. Drivers need to stay vigilant and pay close attention to low-profile motorcycles so they can prevent these types of accidents and share the road safely.

Speed Kills

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, nearly 35 percent of all motorcycle operators involved in deadly crashes were speeding at the time of the crash. When compared to 22 percent for drivers of passenger cars, 19 percent for drivers of light trucks, and 8 percent for operators of semi trucks, it becomes clear that speeding and motorcycles go hand in hand. To make sure you and your passengers stay safe, it is essential to obey posted speed limits at all times.

Helmets Save Lives

According to NHTSA estimates, over 1,600 motorcyclists’ lives were saved in 2011 because they were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. It is also estimated that an additional 703 lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists involved in accidents had been wearing helmets. Obviously, wearing a helmet can save your life. This is one of the most important facts about motorcycle accidents that can help to ensure your safety in the event of a crash.

There were 4,612 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2011 and 81,000 more were injured. Heeding these three motorcycle accident facts can help to prevent motorcycle crashes and serious injuries when a crash is unavoidable. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and need additional motorcycle accident information, contact the experienced Corpus Christi injury attorneys at the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm at (361) 888-8808 today for a FREE consultation regarding your case.

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