TYLER - The Department of Public Transportation says in 2009 distracted drivers killed nearly 55,000 people and injured half a million more.
Trista Simmons of Tyler says she knows all about dangers distracted drivers pose. It nearly cost her, her family's life.
About three years ago, Trista Simmons says she and her kids were involved in a head-on collision. Simmons says, the driver was actually turned around talking to a passenger in the back seat.
The accident left her truck with $18,000 worth of damage. She and her kids were taken to the hospital where they were treated for their injuries. Simmons and here two children saw eight weeks of treatment but, she says it could have been much worse.
Local Tyler attorney Darren Grant says he sees cases like this all the time but, Simmons' story is like many others across the United States. Officials say as more technology comes out, they fear distractions behind the wheel will only get worse.