Distracted Driving Should Be A Growing Concern For Many Drivers
Distracted driving has become a major cause of the car accidents that Texas roads experience every day. Thanks in part to our tech-centric society, we are bearing witness to more distracted driving accidents than ever before. We at Rad Law Firm recognize the hardship that comes from these accidents, and we can help you seek the compensation you need to recover from them.
Distracted Driving Statistics
In 2017 alone, 3,166 people died in distracted driving accidents across the United States. In the Lone Star State, there were 109,658 traffic incidents caused by distracted driving, 455 of which were fatal. This means that one person was killed every 2 hours and 21 minutes in Texas. Distracted driving not only puts you and your passengers at risk, but also other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is defined as any action or activity that takes your attention away from the road and driving. There are several different types of distracted driving, including:
- Visual – When you take your eyes off the road
- Manual – When you take your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – When you take your mind off the act of driving
One of the most obvious examples of distracted driving right now is texting. Texting takes your eyes off the road for a minimum of 5 seconds, which could mean you have traveled the length of a football field – or more – with your eyes off the road.
What Are The Distracted Driving Laws?
To better understand the potential dangers of distracted driving, it may help to look at the distracted driving laws here in Texas:
- Effective September 1, 2017, texting while driving was made illegal in the state of Texas
- All drivers under the age of 18 cannot use wireless communication devices, such as phones
- Drivers with their learner’s permit are prohibited to use their cellphone in the first six months
- School bus drivers cannot use their cellphone when operating the vehicle
- Smartphone use is prohibited in school zones
Although Texas banned texting while driving nearly two years ago, we are still seeing people use their phones while driving.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Texas that was caused by a distracted driver, contact Rad Law Firm today by calling 972-661-1111 and schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.