Texting and Driving Accidents
Houston Distracted Driving Attorney
Distracted driving is a major cause of automobile accidents in Texas. According the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), one out of every five car accidents is caused by distracted driving. In 2013, there were 94,213 auto collisions recorded by TxDOT that were caused by distracted drivers. As of September 1, 2017, Texas drivers are prohibited from reading, writing or sending an electronic message on a mobile/cellular device unless the vehicle is at a complete stop. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we help victims injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers regularly, and are here to help when you need it.
The Cell Phone Use Distraction Issue -It’s Not Just Kids
When people think of distracted drivers due to cellphone use, they typically think of teenagers being the culprit. But the reality is that cell phone use and texting while driving is an epidemic not limited to just teens. Distracted driving is a problem among young drivers, older drivers and even commercial motor vehicle operators.
Due to the ever-increasing problem of accidents due to driver distraction from texting and other cell phone use while driving, it is now illegal in the State of Texas to send an electronic message on a cellular device while operating a motor vehicle unless it is hands-free or the vehicle is not moving.
Robert Simmons Discusses the Problem of Texting While Driving
Here is our founding partner, Robert S. Simmons talking about the epidemic of texting while driving and how dangerous it is:
It’s Not Just Talking and Texting While Driving Anymore
As smart phones get more and more advanced, it seems as though drivers get dumber. It’s not just talking and texting that can be a distraction anymore. Any of the following cell phone uses can be a problem:
- sending and responding to email
- watching videos
- checking facebook, tweeting or other social media
- reading online
- searching for music on ipods
All of the above actions take a driver’s focus off the road reducing awareness and reaction time.
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Drivers have a duty to maintain a proper lookout at all times while operating a motor vehicle. It only takes a split second for an accident to occur. If you believe you have been the victim of a distracted driver, call Simmons and Fletcher today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical impairment, pain and suffering, scarring and even punitive damages. If you cannot come to us, we will send someone to you. Our attorneys are here to help those injured by texting or distracted drivers.
HB 62, Texas Legislature Online. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=HB62