Distracted driving kills.Between 2000 and 2017, at least one person was killed every day on Texas roads. These are preventable deaths. On September 1, 2017, it became illegal to read, write or send a text while driving in Texas. Unfortunately, the law has not deterred many people. Because the “texting and driving” law is difficult for police officers to enforce and even more difficult for them to prove, you may need a personal injury lawyer in Houston.
The law did ban texting and driving, but it did not halt hands-free tasks or using a cell phone to do other things such as playing music, navigating, and a variety of other tasks. Police officers watch for tell-tale signs like drivers with their heads down; however, they can do little if the driver does not admit they were texting.
Studies done at Texas A&M University show that 10% of all drivers on the road are using their cell phone right now. They also found that one in four crashes involve distracted driving.
When you text someone you take your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At a speed of 55 mph, your vehicle travels the length of a football field. That is a long way to go with your eyes off the road!
Many of us shrug warnings off, thinking that we can multi-task. After all, we do it at work and home. That is just not the case. In fact, if you are driving and you add another task to the mix, such as reading or listening to someone in the car, your attention to driving drops by 37%. Drivers can be seen eating and drinking, talking to people in the car, putting on makeup, shaving, reading and adjusting their car’s fancy radio. Driving is the most dangerous thing you do. You should avoid any activity that takes your attention away from that task.
You may think that using hands-free options to text is safer, but when you visually confirm what you are texting it is no safer than sending a text manually. The Texas A&M study found that driver performance levels – response time and time spent watching the road – drop regardless of which texting method a driver uses.
The state of Texas urges drivers to refrain from engaging in any activity that diverts their attention from driving. If you are in an accident and you believe the driver was texting and driving, a personal injury lawyer in Houston can help obtain cell phone/text records to prove that a distracted driver caused your injuries.